Drug Abuse in the Elderly

  • How to Tell the Difference Between Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse

    Most seniors take several medications daily, which puts them at an increased risk of misusing their medications and even developing an addiction. Be aware of red flags that may indicate an aging loved one is not taking their prescriptions as directed.

  • The Dangers of Narcotic Painkillers

    There are legitimate uses for narcotic pain relievers, but these drugs can easily, unintentionally be abused. To keep your loved one safe, it's important to be aware of the dangers of narcotic painkillers.

  • Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocketing Among Elderly Population

    Recent statistics indicate that the number of elders addicted to prescription medication is increasing by the day. Caregivers must be alert to the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse.

  • The Growing Problem of Prescription Drug Addiction in Seniors

    Seniors don’t fit the stereotype of a drug addict, but as many as 17 percent of adults age 60 and over abuse prescription medications. Knowing the red flags to look for can prevent a serious accident.

  • What Can I Do If I Suspect Dad Is Addicted to Prescription Medication?

    Addiction to prescription pain medication is common among the elderly, so it is crucial to evaluate your loved one's usage, behavior and overall health.

  • Medicare Part D Plans to Crack Down on Senior Opioid Misuse and Abuse

    Seniors may encounter new obstacles to getting their prescription pain medications this year. Medicare Part D plan sponsors can now implement drug management programs to detect at-risk elders and limit access to coverage of frequently abused drugs.

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  • Help America Start Talking About Opioids

    Millions of Americans are prescribed opioid pain medications, but discussions on safe usage and how to reduce the risk of an overdose have fallen by the wayside. Learn how you can help keep yourself and your loved one safe while taking these medicines.

  • 10 Secrets Elderly Parents Keep from Their Families

    Older adults often conceal or downplay things like falls, money troubles, elder abuse and car accidents so they can continue living independently. Most family members only learn of these longstanding issues once they're too severe to hide.

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