Trends and Variations in Concurrent Dispensing of Prescription Opioids and Benzodiazepines in Australia: A Retrospective Analysis

  title={Trends and Variations in Concurrent Dispensing of Prescription Opioids and Benzodiazepines in Australia: A Retrospective Analysis},
  author={M Mofizul Islam and Dennis Wollersheim},
  journal={Contemporary Drug Problems},
  pages={136 - 148}
Objective: Concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines may cause a range of adverse health outcomes including fatal overdose. However, little is known about levels of concurrent use and its variation across jurisdictions. This study examined the population-level prevalence of concurrent use in Australia. Methods: We analyzed a 10% sample of unit record data of prescription opioids and benzodiazepines dispensed between January 2013 and December 2016. Using dispensing dates and days of supply… 

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