Originally Posted by orbit55
CBS just aired a story about a guy who died from a Xanax overdose.
Oh, goodie, more drug bashing by the media to hurt patients who need the drug they're bashing.
Death by benzo OD is possible, but exceptionally unlikely. When benzos first hit the market they were a major success because they were so very safe in OD cases. Before benzos came along in 1960 barbiturates would have been used and they are very toxic in excess -- in fact, barbs are what's generally used in euthanasia (in places that allow doctor-assisted suicide). Marilyn Monroe would be a very famous example of death by barb OD, Nembutal to be exact.
To die from benzos you'd either need access to extraordinary amounts -- I'm talking several hundred of the largest dose tablets to have any serious chance of death -- or, much more likely, you'd really be dying from a combo of CNS depressants that just happens to include Xanax.
Xanax will lower the amount of alcohol needed to cause a fatal OD, but you'd still need to be raging drunk and on the very edge of fatal alcohol poisoning already for any normal-size dose of Xanax to push you over the edge to death.
This same crap happened at the start of this decade when the media was into its OxyContin (Hillbilly Heroin as reporters called it) craze. They'd call it an oxy death even when some jackass washed down a far-from-fatal amount of oxy with a big bottle of vodka. Blood alcohol content over .50 is typically the fatal range. Is taking a normal dose that might lower the fatal amount to .45 really an issue?
Just remember not to behave like Nicolas Cage in "Leaving Las Vegas" when you take a benzo and you'll be safe.