Talking about Prescription Drug Misuse, 2010

(2010) Talking about Prescription Drug Misuse, 2010. Drug Control Policy, Office of


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As we age, our bodies become more vulnerable to the effects of prescription drug use. Our metabolism changes, and we often use more prescription drugs than in the past. If we misuse our medicines or take them in a manner not prescribed, we increase the risk of negative effects. It is estimated that over 35 million Americans are ages 65 and older, which represents roughly 12.4% of the total population. As baby boomers age, this population is expected to increase to 70 million, or 20% of the population. Clearly, educating ourselves, aging parents or other relatives and friends about the risk of prescription drug misuse is crucial. Older adults tend to need more kinds of medication to help their bodies stay healthy. This itself creates increased risk for misuse. In addition, the way the aging body metabolizes, distributes and removes medication changes. Changes in body weight, circulation and liver and kidney function all impact how medicines affect the body.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Drug control, Drugs, Prescription Drugs
Subjects: Law enforcement and courts > Crime
Health and medicine
Health and medicine > Drugs and pharmacology
Public Safety and consumer protection > Public safety > Public safety pages for kids
ID Code: 12971
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 03 May 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 14:54