Kill Pill


People who take sleeping pills twice a month are at four-fold risk of dying prematurely, says a US study. Researchers tracked the survival of over 10,500 people who were prescribed a range of sleeping pills for an average of 2.5 years between 2002 and 2007. The commonly prescribed drugs that may raise such risks included zolpidem (Ambien) and temazepam (Restoril). Up to 10 per cent of adults took sleeping pills in 2010.


Down To Earth, March, 2012