Benzodiazepines: The Other Epidemic
Dr. Blazes is an assistant professor of psychiatry and emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). He is triple board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and emergency medicine and is the director of the OHSU Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Blazes is a clinician educator whose practice is based out of the Portland VA Medical Center. He lectures widely and publishes on such topics as benzodiazepines, buprenorphine and the neurobiology of addiction and recovery. He is currently the principal investigator for a trial studying buprenorphine inductions on patients using fentanyl. He also recently published an article in JAMA Psychiatry describing a new clinical entity, "Complex Persistent Benzodiazepine Dependence" as well as an article “Reconsidering the Usefulness of Adding Naloxone to Buprenorphine.”
- Consequences of chronic benzodiazepine use
- Strategies for deprescribing benzodiazepines
- Concept of complex persistent benzodiazepine dependence
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