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Overmedicating Our Elders

overmedicating elders

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  • More than half of American adults are regularly taking prescription medications; nursing home residents are frequently prescribed antipsychotic drugs to control dementia-related behavior
  • Although inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home residents has decreased by nearly 30 percent since 2012, the Human Rights Watch believes more can be done to strengthen the effort
  • Elderly are at risk for overmedication, including narcotic painkillers, significantly increasing their risk for adverse effects that may lead to further disability or death

By Dr. Mercola

According to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, you may be in the minority if you don't regularly take a prescription drug. In a sample of nearly 2,000 American adults, more than half regularly took prescription medications and the average adult took four. The total number of prescriptions filled by Americans increased by 85 percent from 1997 to 2016. However, the total population increased by only 21 percent during that same period.

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