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The Scary Trend Of Boomer Addiction

Prescription Drugs

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  • The number of people in their 50s who are abusing illicit or prescription drugs more than doubled from 2002 to 2010, going from 2.7 to 5.8 percent in this population.
  • Among seniors, the health risks of all medications are increased, because the body takes longer to break down and get rid of the drug than it does in a younger person. As a result, the drug stays in an older person’s system longer, where it can cause even greater damage.
  • A study revealed that spending for medications to treat conditions associated with normal aging, such as mental alertness, sexual dysfunction, menopause, aging skin and hair loss, is greater than the costs of treating most chronic diseases.
  • Use of drugs to treat the symptoms of aging jumped 18.5 percent, while costs increased close to 46 percent, from 2006 to 2011. Among those on Medicare (ages 65 and up), usage increased 32 percent.
  • Seniors aged 65 and older fill, on average, 28 prescriptions per year, turning many of them into “legal” drug users – but staying well naturally, without the use of drugs or even frequent conventional medical care may be the most successful strategy you can employ to promote longevity.

By Dr. Mercola

The picture of a drug addict in your head is probably not one of a grey-haired grandmother or grandfather, a middle-aged professional or a soon-to-be retiree.

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