New users of sleeping pills have more car crashes

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Sedative sleeping pills can nearly double the risk for car accidents among new users compared with nonusers, a University of Washington study suggests. Researchers looked at prescription records and motor vehicle crash records of more than 400,000 Washington state drivers who had a drug benefit in the Group Health Cooperative insurance plan. Researchers found an increased risk of crashes for people taking Restoril (temazepam), Desyrel (trazodone) or Ambien (zolpidem). Via CBS News. Posted June 12, 2015.

–Alanna McCatty


Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.


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