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Sharp Rise in Emergency Department Visits Involving the Sleep Medication Zolpidem

(5/6/2013)

Sharp Rise in Emergency Department Visits Involving the Sleep Medication Zolpidem
SAMHSA News
May 1, 2013

A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to the sleep medication zolpidem rose nearly 220 percent from 6,111 visits in 2005 to 19,487 visits in 2010.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report also finds that in 2010 patients aged 45 or older represented about three-quarters (74 percent) of all emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to zolpidem.  In 2010 there were a total of 4,916,328  drug-related visits to emergency departments throughout the nation.

Read the full article here: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1304303131.aspx


Keywords: rise, ER, visit, sleep, medication, zolpidem



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