Sounding the Alarm on Benzodiazepines


Even short-term use of benzodiazepines comes with risk—especially when combined with other controlled substances. These medications continue to be used widely for depression, anxiety, pain, and sleep disorders. You’re in the best position to make patients and providers aware of these risks. Come to this session to find out what they are, which patients run the greatest risks for adverse outcomes, and how you can minimize withdrawal symptoms.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Explain the risks, patterns, and benefits associated with use of benzodiazepines.
  2. Identify patients at increased risk of adverse outcomes secondary to benzodiazepines.
  3. Compare evidence-based nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic strategies for benzodiazepine discontinuation.
  4. Design a protocol based on patient-specific characteristics that minimizes withdrawal symptoms.
Jeffrey Gold, PharmD
Director, PGY2
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Pharmacist Clinical Patient Care Services
Session Time Slot(s): 
Friday, March 20
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Gaylord National - National Harbor 2-3
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-20-078-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.15
Activity Type: