A new study links common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills to an increased risk of death. Researchers found that people who used drugs like Ambien and Xanax more than doubled the risk of death.

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It is not known whether the drugs are the cause of the heightened mortality.

Today on Happening Now, Jon Scott spoke to physician and anesthesiologist, Dr. Nina Radcliff about the study.

“This is not saying that these drugs in particular cause it,” she stressed.

Dr. Radcliff said patients who take these pills for extended periods of time need to examine the underlying problem.

“What is causing you to have difficulty sleeping or what is causing you this anxiety? We should get to the root of this, not put a Band-Aid on top,” she said. 

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