Study: Anti-Anxiety Drugs Are Killing You

Legal drugs in the land of Big Pharma are the worst. The side effects on some drugs are hilarious. I’ve seen multiple anti-depressants that cited “suicidal tendencies” as a side effect. What? “I’m not sad anymore at all, doctor. But now I want to kill myself.” Or there is the uncanny ability of anti-psychotic drugs to induce actual psychosis. I don’t get it.

Well it turns out that, according to a seven-year study, prescription anti-anxiety drugs like Valium and Xanax nearly double your risk of death. Again. That’s pretty ironic. You’re not worried about dying as much, so you can just live your life … which will end prematurely. And if you’re worried about it, have no fear! We have more anti-anxiety drugs to supplement the anti-anxiety drugs you’re already on.

According to the New York Times:

For more than seven years, researchers followed 34,727 people who filled prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Xanax, or sleep aids like Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta, comparing them with 69,418 controls who did not.

 

After adjusting for a wide variety of factors, the researchers found that people who took the drugs had more than double the risk of death.

The “wide variety of factors” included cigarette smoking, sleep disorders, age, etc. So there is litle doubt: anti-anxiety drugs are killing people. And I find it troubling what the lead doctor on this study considered to be the upshot of his research:

[The study] adds to an accumulating body of evidence that these drugs are dangerous. I prescribe these drugs, and they are difficult to come off. The less time you spend on them the better.

Umm, yeah. Wait. Did you just say you prescribe these drugs? Still?

This is the major problem with the medical industry. Big Pharma has them all in a chokehold. These drugs should never be prescribed. The only reason they are even legal is all about the money.