Prescription Opioid Abuse In The Elderly An Urgent Concern

*+-You may be aware of the growing prescription drug epidemic, but the addicts may not be who you expect.  Prescription opioid abuse in the elderly is reaching unprecedented levels and is an urgent concern.  Out of all medication prescribed in the United States, those sixty-five and older use one third of it.  And last year, 2.8 million seniors abused prescription drugs; a number that continues to grow. Oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone seem to be the drugs of choice, as these are present in about forty percent of deaths caused by opioid misuse.  Yet doctors don’t seem to have any intention…

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Everyone Is Affected By Prescriptions Not Just Teens

*+-We all know the dangers of teen drug abuse and with the recent surge in pharmaceutical popularity, parents often have to be more concerned about what they have in their own medicine cabinets than with illicit drug use at school or parties.  But prescription drug abuse is a danger to people of all ages, not just teens. According to a 2009 report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are around sixteen million people (teens and adults) in the United States who have abused prescription drugs.  Thirteen percent of them are older adults.  They make up one-third of total…

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