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Avoid this medication combo, warn researchers

News briefs In March, we reported that long-term use of a class of prescription painkillers known as opioids, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), comes with the risk of dependence, addiction, falls, and even death. Now, a study published March 14, 2017, in The BMJ finds that opioid users who also take a benzodiazepine such as alprazolam (Xanax) for sleep or anxiety are more likely to end up in an emergency room. Researchers…

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