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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Opioids and Benzodiazepines Linked to Homicide

The abuse of prescription drugs, such as opioids and benzodiazepines, is a common occurrence in the United States. Extended use of these types of drugs can have serious affects on the mind and body, and without treatment the results can be fatal - not only for the user but for others as well. New research suggests that there is a link between using painkillers or anti-anxiety drugs and having an increased risk of committing homicide, CBS reports.

Researchers in Finland conducted a study which included 959 males and females ages 13 to 88, all of which had been convicted of homicide. They compared each person in the study with 10 other people of the same age and gender who had not committed homicide, according to the article.

The researchers were surprised to find that taking prescription opioids was associated with a 92 percent increased risk of committing homicide. The findings indicated that anti-anxiety medications, such as Xanax ® (alprazolam) and Valium ® (diazepam), were associated with a 45 percent increased risk, while antidepressants were linked with a 31 percent increase.

“It has been repeatedly claimed that it was the antidepressants used by the persons who committed these massacres that triggered their violent behavior,” lead researcher Jari Tiihonen said in a news release. “It is possible that the massive publicity around the subject has already affected drug prescription practices.”

“Benzodiazepines can weaken impulse control, and earlier research has found that painkillers affect emotional processing,” said Tiihonen. “Caution in prescribing benzodiazepines and strong painkillers to people with a history of substance abuse is advisable.”

The findings will be published in the journal World Psychiatry.

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