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  1. Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN


* The Food and Drug Administration is placing a boxed warning on the labeling of all opioids, including opioid-containing cough medicines, and benzodiazepines to emphasize the risk of excessive sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death if these drugs are used concomitantly.


* Nurses need to be aware of this serious risk and of the need to minimize the combined use of these drugs.