Xanax Related ER Visits Double in 6 Years

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/22 2014 10:27AM

Updated 05/22 2014 10:28AM

A new report points to a growing problem between prescription drug misuse and emergency room visits.

The report was released by the substance abuse and mental health services administration.

It found that the number of emergency room visits linked to the misuse of the sedative alprazolam, commonly known by the brand name xanax, doubled between 2005 and 2011 to a little more than 123-thousand.

In 81 percent of those cases alprazolam was mixed with another drug or alcohol.

Doctors warn the sedating effect of those combinations can be deadly -- worst case scenario for a person to stop breathing.

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