In the final article of the RTÉ Investigates series, Prescription Nation, we reveal that while prescribing for benzodiazepines has fallen, the easy availability of these drugs on the streets and the internet means consumption remains a serious problem.
While prescribing of benzodiazepines has decreased in recent years, medical professionals here say the rate of prescribing is still very high. These drugs once enjoyed a reputation for being relatively harmless, but that image is shattered when viewed through the prism of drug overdose deaths in Ireland. In 2004, these drugs were implicated in 64 overdose deaths, nationally. But by 2016, that number had increased to 144 – a 125% increase.
Source: Colm Corrigan, RTÉ Investigates, 8th March 2019