New Benzodiazepine Standard

April 29th, 2022 by admin

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia

Physicians are aware of the harmful effects of Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs when used long-term or in combination with opioids.

The profession has achieved significant improvement in prescribing Benzodiazepines and Z-Drugs, with a significant reduction in co-prescribing these medications with opioids. Prescribing is particularly challenging when caring for legacy patients and when attempting to taper dosages.  

To offer support and direction to physicians, the College’s Council has recently approved a new Professional Standard Regarding Benzodiazepines and Z-Drugs. . This new guidance was developed in consultation with stakeholders including Nova Scotia Health, Doctors NS, and CMPA.

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