Fears Rise of Medication Misuse by the Elderly

The Wall Street Journal

Prescription-drug abuse and medication misuse by seniors doesn’t get much attention. But with the senior population steadily growing, it’s getting harder to ignore.

Many seniors develop addictions to prescription drugs. Others are taking medication that is having little effect or unintentional effects, either because they are taking it for too long, they were prescribed too big a dose, or it is reacting badly with other medications.

The misuse of medications “is a rising problem in seniors as the baby-boom generation ages,” says David

Oslin, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. More.