Sleeping pill use rises as risky patterns emerge


Too many take sleeping pills in old age or combined with other sedatives, experts say.

It’s not known how many people take sleeping pills by accident, as Kerry Kennedy says she did, resulting in a drugged-driving acquittal last week for the daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

But increasing numbers are taking the pills on purpose and often in risky ways – using them in old age and combining them with other sedating drugs — the latest research shows.

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