A government report shows a sharp rise in emergency room visits linked to the misuse of Xanax, a commonly prescribed sedative.
The number of ER visits for Xanax abuse more than doubled between 2005 and 201, reaching nearly 125,000.
The government says although Xanax is safe and effective medication when used as directed, the combination of Xanax with powerful painkillers or alcohol is especially dangerous, because it can cause some patients to stop breathing.
This study comes from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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