... fatal overdoses — which are a comparatively tiny number given the size of the older population — represent just one of many longtime concerns about these medications.
“Set aside the opioid issue,” said Michael Schoenbaum, an epidemiologist at the National Institutes for Health. “Way too many older Americans are getting benzos. And of those, many — more than half — are getting them for prolonged periods. That’s just bad practice. They have serious consequences.”