HealthDay (2/23, Preidt) reports, “Millions of American adults take a potentially deadly duo of prescription opioid painkillers and sedatives at the same time, researchers warn.” The researchers “analyzed Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data” and “estimated that 2.6 million American adults…are prescribed an opioid, a benzodiazepine and another type of sedative at the same time.” Furthermore, the study published in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine “found that the highest rates of dual sedative prescriptions were among opioid users with severe pain, anxiety, depression, stress and sleep disorders.”. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)