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    Sleeping pills estimated to cause 320,000 to 507,000 excess deaths per year in US alone


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    Monday, April 02, 2012 11:10 am Email this article
    Sleeping pills are estimated to cause 320,000 to 507,000 excess deaths per year in US alone according to a recent study by researchers at Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, USA.

    "Rough order-of-magnitude estimates at the end of the supplemental files suggest that in 2010, hypnotics may have been associated with 320 000 to 507 000 excess deaths in the USA alone," the paper notes.

    Subjects

    Subjects: 10,000+ people taking sleeping pills vs 23,000+ not taking sleeping pills

    The study followed 10,529 people given prescriptions for sleeping pills and compared them with 23,636 matched controls who had not been given a prescription for sleeping pills.

    Follow-up Period

    Average follow-up of 2.5 years

    The subjects were followed for an average of 2.5 years.

    REFERENCE

    Kripke D, Langer R, Kline L. Hypnotics’ association with mortality or cancer: A matched cohort study. BMJ Open. 2012, 2(1):e000850.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Dr Daniel F Kripke
    Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center
    La Jolla, California, USA
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