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

Nancy Clanton of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the rise of prescription drugs associated with falling.

As Dr. Allen Frances notes: 1)Falling is your biggest risk for early death 2)Medications are biggest cause of falling 3)94% of seniors are on meds that cause falling. 4)MDs prescribe these meds carelessly falling is the biggest risk of early death and medications are the biggest cause of falling.

From the article:

Fall-risk-increasing drugs — or FRIDs — include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, antihypertensives (for high blood pressure), opioids, sedative hypnotics, and benzodiazepines (tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax), as well as other nonprescription medications.

In 1999, the researchers found, 57% of adults age 65 and older were prescribed drugs that might cause them to lose their balance. In 2017, however, that percentage leaped to 94%.

The researchers found women were more likely than men to be prescribed FRIDs, particularly Black women, who received the medications at the highest rate compared to women of other races. White women who were 85 and older experienced the largest increase in deaths from falls, rising 160% between 1999 and 2017.

Read Study: 94% of older adults prescribed drugs that raise risk of falling HERE