The misuse of benzodiazepines among high-risk opioid users in Europe (Perspectives on drugs)


Benzodiazepines are a widely prescribed group of medicines with a range of clinical uses, including the treatment of anxiety and insomnia and the management of alcohol withdrawal. For a number of reasons this group of medicines are often misused by high-risk opioid users and are associated with morbidity and mortality among this group. This analysis considers the significance of this problem and its impact for the health and drug treatment of opioid users.

Part of the Perspectives on Drugs (PODs) series, launched as part of the European Drug Report package, these designed-for-the-web interactive analyses provide deeper insights into a selection of important issues.

Note that the online version contains additional interactive or audiovisual material not available in the PDF version. This publication was iniitally published on 4 June 2015 and has been updated since.

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Table of contents

  • Analysis
  • Video: misuse of benzodiazepines among high-risk opioid
  • Facts and figures: the pharmacology of benzodiazepines
  • Guidelines for prescribing benzodiazepines to opioid users