Study: Older patients still offered addictive sleep drugs, despite alternatives

06/1/2005 | WebMD

Patients still are frequently prescribed addictive sleep aids, even though less addictive alternatives are available, according to a new study. Patients most likely to receive the addictive medications are older patients who rely on public health insurance, and researchers say health care providers may determine which treatment to offer based on the type of drug coverage the patient has.

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