More people die from misusing prescription drugs that were legally prescribed than from illegal drugs bought on the street!
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people who die each year from accidental poisoning, mostly from prescription drugs, has been increasing steadily.
The increases in deaths from prescription drugs is due to a combination of factors, including more people who are taking multiple medications, aging of the population, and bad decision making about combining medications to relief pain and stress.
Seniors are especially vulnerable because they take more medications, and may have reduced liver and kidney function that causes medications to linger for a longer time in their body. Additionally, seniors who suffer from memory loss may not take medications as directed.
Mrs. Jones takes a high dose of an antidepressants. She recently developed back pain after some heavy lifting and has not been able to sleep. Her doctor prescribed a potent sleep aid and a narcotic painkiller. Because of continued trouble sleeping, she doubled the dose of both her sleep aid and painkiller. The combination of all these medications potentially could cause her death.
If you think your medication is not working, talk to your doctor. Don't increase the amount of medication you take on your own, especially a narcotic pain reliever.
If you are taking an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication, ask your doctor which painkillers, sedatives, or sleeping aids are safe for you to use.
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