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Study: 25% of Idaho prescription opioid users also on benzos

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Prescription Pills and Bottle

A quarter of people with long-term opioid prescriptions in Idaho are getting a potentially risky combination of opioids and benzodiazepines or depressants, according to a recent study from Idaho State University.

Researchers from ISU's College of Pharmacy went through all the prescriptions that were reported to the Idaho Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in 2017. They found about 201,000 people with short-term opioid prescriptions, meaning they had been taking opioids for less than 90 days, and another 101,000 who had long-term prescriptions. Out of the ones who had been taking opioids for longer than 90 days, 25,000 were also prescribed benzodiazepines or another depressant.

Reporter Nathan Brown can be reached at 208-542-6757. Follow him on Twitter: @NateBrownNews.

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