Newsflash: Sleeping medications are being overprescribed

Use of sleep medications have more than doubled from 2000 to 2005. The pharmacy overdose of the American population continues:

“From the patient’s and society’s standpoint, we’re overdoing it,” said Villa, a pulmonologist and co-medical director of the sleep center at Holy Name.

He thinks the heavy marketing of the sleeping drugs has a lot to do with their popularity. “When pharmaceutical companies find a problem, they develop a drug, then they push, push, push,” Villa said.

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