Michael Jackson died from propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication. His death was not a suicide. He was just trying to get a good night’s sleep. He is not alone in having died from sleep medication. A recent large study published in the British Medical Journal shows that anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills have been linked to a doubling to quadrupling (2-4X) in the risk of death. This study found that benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed drug class.
The Sleep Disorders Health Center of WebMD reports on Understanding the Side Effects of Sleeping Pills…
Between one third and one half of all Americans have insomnia and complain of poor sleep. Many people take sleeping pills to deal with this issue.
Sleeping pills can seem like a good short-term solution but they have harmful side-effects.
Sleeping pills are classed as “sedative hypnotics” – drugs used to induce and/or maintain sleep. Sedative hypnotics include benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and various hypnotics.
Benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Librium are anti-anxiety medications. They also increase drowsiness and help people sleep. All benzodiazepines are potentially addictive.