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Medicine Overdose

What is Medicine Overdose?


The combination of increased medication use paired with the normal body changes caused by aging can increase the chance of unwanted, and even harmful, drug interactions. According to a study of older adults taking five or more medications, 35% experienced an adverse effect from at least one, 63% required physician intervention, 10% required and ER visit, and 11% were hospitalized. Twenty-eight percent of all hospitalizations among older adults were found to be drug related, 11% for non-adherence.  Non-adherence to medication regimens is a major cause of nursing home placement of older adults. The more you know about your medicines and the more you talk with your health care professionals, the easier it is to avoid potential medication problems.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and its National and community partners give the public opportunities to prevent accidental overdose, abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. DEA and its partners hold regular National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. To find out when the next Take-Back Day will be and to locate a nearby collection site, visit http://www.dea.gov/ and use the “Got Drugs?” icon. This icon will link you to a database where you can enter your zip code for a full listing of collection sites in your area. Advertise a local Take-Back site or contact the DEA to become a location host in your community. Read More.