Teen Overdose on Common Prescription Medication Increases

According to a recent study published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, cases reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers involving children ages 12 to 18 increased by 54% from 2000 to 2015. Overdoses on benzodiazepines, commonly prescribed anxiety medications, have particularly increased at a dramatic rate. Researchers examined 296,838 cases of benzodiazepine exposure in children under the age of 18 using information from the National Poison Data System. They found that the rate of exposure...

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