Doctors should avoid co-prescribing benzodiazepines to opioid dependent patients due to overdose deaths

Doctors should avoid co-prescribing benzodiazepines to opioid dependent patients who are being treated with methadone or buprenorphine, also known as opioid agonist treatment, due to a 3-fold increase in risk of overdose death, according to the University of Bristol. See also: Prescription of benzodiazepines, z-drugs, and gabapentinoids and mortality risk in people receiving opioid agonist treatment.