New Report Shows 32 Percent of Hospital Emergency Department Visits Involving Benzodiazepines Resulted in Serious Medical Outcomes
A new SAMHSA report shows that 32 percent of hospital emergency department visits involving benzodiazepines resulted in serious medical outcomes such as hospitalization (or, in rare cases, death). Although safe when taken as prescribed, benzodiazepines sometimes cause adverse effects—especially if taken in combination with opioid pain relievers or alcohol.
States, tribes, and municipalities can apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot until March 4, 2015. These pilot communities will test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth.
An NIH-funded study finds that almost 40 percent of people with first-episode psychosis in community mental health clinics across the country might benefit from medication treatment changes.