Fatal poisonings attributed to benzodiazepines in Britain during the 1980s.

@article{Serfaty1993FatalPA,
  title={Fatal poisonings attributed to benzodiazepines in Britain during the 1980s.},
  author={M. Serfaty and G. Masterton},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  year={1993},
  volume={163},
  pages={
          386-93
        }
}
  • M. Serfaty, G. Masterton
  • Published 1993
  • Medicine
  • The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science
The fatal toxicity indices of benzodiazepines during the 1980s were calculated from national prescribing data and mortality statistics. The overall rate was 5.9 deaths per million prescriptions for benzodiazepines taken alone or with alcohol only, anxiolytics being less toxic than hypnotics. Diazepam appeared more toxic than average among anxiolytics (P < 0.05), and flurazepam and temazepam more toxic than average among hypnotics (both P < 0.001). It was shown that the finding for diazepam was… Expand
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