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

From ABC News Australia: Lorna KnowlesJohn Stewart, and Jackie Dent report on Isaac Reis, a 22 year old who died with a toxic combinations of drugs in his system. His cocktail included an antipsychotic, two antidepressants, an antihypertensive and an anticonvulsant a benzodiazepine and an opioid. In America, benzodiazepines and opiates have an FDA black box warning. Despite their warning, they continue to be regularly prescribed together. 

Isaac is no longer here, not because he did not follow the advice of doctors, but because he did.

Just the simple fact of taking one opioid and benzodiazepine increases the risk of death to patient by 15 times.

Benzodiazepines are the second leading cause of unintentional drug deaths — 684 in 2018. (in Australia)

Read This is not an overdose HERE