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Benzo Bulletin is a Benzodiazepine Information Coalition series highlighting some of the latest benzodiazepine-related information.

Nadine Yousif reports in the Toronto Star that Canadian benzodiazepine prescriptions have declined in Ontario, but increased for women:

While overall prescriptions for benzodiazepines in Ontario fell 13 per cent between 2013 and 2019, the report revealed prescriptions for women aged 19 to 24 have risen by 30 per cent in that same timeframe 

Ontario benzodiazepine use is high:

The report also found that benzodiazepine use in Ontario remains high. Around one in 18 Ontarians received a prescription in 2019 — a quarter of whom were prescribed opioids at the same time.

Read The use of benzodiazepines, prescribed for sleep and anxiety disorders, has declined in Ontario but risen for young women, study says HERE