JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH
JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH!!
Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages--and the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1-44. There are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries.
We can use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like: prescription medication abuse; transportation safety; ergonomics; emergency preparedness; slips, trips and falls.
This week we will focus on prescription drug abuse.
Prescription drug abuse is when a person doesn't take his/her prescription medicine properly. This term is usually reserved for abuse of "controlled substances" or narcotics e.g. pain, sleep or anxiety medicine. But it can also refer to any medication that is not taken as prescribed.
People who abuse prescription drugs may take more medicine than their doctor instructed, take medicine when it is not needed, or mix the medicine with alcohol or other drugs. This can lead to serious problems, such as addiction, drug interactions or overdose.
Older adults are at risk for prescription drug abuse because they take more prescription medicines than other age groups. Americans 65 years of age or older make up only 13% of the U.S. population, yet they consume 33% of all prescription drugs.
Older adults are also at risk for prescription drug abuse because they often take more than one prescription medicine each day. This increases the risks for mistakes when taking the medicines and for drug interactions.
In addition, growing older slows down your liver's ability to filter medicines out of your body.
How to help the elderly with their prescribed medications:
Keep all physicians your loved one sees up to date with medications prescribed. This includes any herbal therapies and OTC (over the counter) medicines. OTC medicines are ones you buy at a store without a prescription.
Medication list should be reviewed at each visit.
If loved one is not capable of managing medications--a family member or caregiver shuld dispense medications.
Keep medications out of reach if loved one not reliable.
ElderCaring is here to provide care in your home!!!