Medscape (8/24, Ault, Subscription Publication) reported, “A recent report released by Athena Health shows that individuals older than 65 years are prescribed benzodiazepines…more than other age groups are.” The data for the report were derived “from a sample of three million patients treated by primary care” clinicians “who are part of the Athena Health data network.” According to Medscape, “Robert Roca, MD, chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Geriatric Psychiatry, said he was surprised – but not entirely – at the Athena data indicating that women received benzodiazepines at twice the rate of men.” He stated, “Women are more willing to express distress, and they’re more likely to receive psychotropics of all kinds.” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)