The Other Big Drug Problem: Older People Taking Too Many Pills

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From The Washington Post: In addition to the opioid crisis, America has one other prescription drug epidemic — older Americans are taking far too many unnecessary drugs, often prescribed by multiple doctors for dubious or unknown reasons.

“At least 15 percent of seniors seeking care annually from doctors or hospitals have suffered a medication problem; in half of these cases, the problem is believed to be potentially preventable. Studies have linked polypharmacy to unnecessary death. Older patients, who have greater difficulty metabolizing medicines, are more likely to suffer dizziness, confusion and falls. And the side effects of drugs are frequently misinterpreted as a new problem, triggering more prescriptions, a process known as a prescribing cascade.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. Not just old people. Polypharmacy is rampant and leads to death and ECT. Have a look at the lead story at http://www.ECTstories.com and the rest of the stories where people have been ‘polypharmacied’ to the point where psychiatrists considered them good candidates for electroshock. Clinical trials for drug A, clinical trials for drug B, clinical trials for drug C , etc. We/you are the clinical trial for drug A+B+C.