June 11, 2015

Hansen study finds for new users, sleeping pills may double car crash risk

UW School of Pharmacy Research Assistant Professor Ryan Hansen, PhD, PharmD

UW School of Pharmacy Research Assistant Professor Ryan Hansen, PhD, PharmD

Three prescription sleeping aids are associated with an increase in motor vehicle crashes, according to a study by the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and the Group Health Research Institute. The research was published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

The research, led by Ryan Hansen, UW assistant professor of pharmacy, found that the risk of motor vehicle crashes was nearly double among new users of the medications temazepam (Restoril), zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR) and trazodone (Desyrel). Full story on UW’s Health Science NewsBeat

Dr. Hansen interviewed by NBC News

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