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Jan

Prescription for Trouble

WritePrescriptions_WpCEver been to the 24-hour pharmacy late at night? No? Well, if you happen to go, be prepared for a long line. More Americans are using prescription drugs than at any time in history. And more Americans are hooked.

While the seemingly endless “War On Drugs” has raged for decades, a war primarily focused on illegal, recreational “street drugs”, legal drugs have surreptitiously come onto the scene to wreak as much sorrow and tragedy as any street drug ever has.

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to dependency on prescription pain killers, anti-anxiety medications, and anti-depression drugs. The problem is widespread, and it is important for all of us to take it seriously.  Chances are you know someone who has a problem, or who has confronted an addiction and has overcome it with the help of compassionate, competent professionals.

If you are interested in learning more, see:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/04/which-prescription-drugs-do-americans-abuse-most.html

http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/opioid-addiction/prescription-drug-abuse-in-the-elderly.html

http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/rxbrief/