THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 -- As if the opioid crisis wasn't already bad enough, new research shows a sharp rise in the number of Americans taking dangerous combinations of opioids and sedatives.
These sedatives, known as benzodiazepines, are prescribed for pain, insomnia and anxiety. And another class of similar medications, called Z-drugs, are also being taken with sedatives at alarming rates, the researchers found.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 2, 2019 -- The herbal drug kratom, which U.S. drug regulators have said is essentially an opioid, has been linked to some narcotic overdose deaths, but whether it's dangerous by itself isn't clear.
In a new study, University of Colorado researchers reviewed 15 kratom-related deaths and found that in all but one, other opioids were present.