As posted in the AARP Bulletin recently, there is a huge issue with prescription drugs. My family is all too familiar with this fact.
The scary part of the article is the statistics. The big one indicates that the death rate for people aged 55-64 has risen by 700% due to prescription drugs! That is a rate of about 46 people per day dying needlessly. And, the even scarier thought is that the statistics simply applies to just Americans.
What are doctors thinking? The article did state that the doctors did not believe that opiates were addictive. The worst thing is that many individuals become so addicted that they turn to heroine because it is cheaper than getting opiates – even with insurance to help out.
Over the next few days, I will be discussing these issues at length. For now, suppose it to say that elderly caregivers need to be aware of addictions that their clients may have because of prescription drugs. They should feel free to speak to physicians – as well as family members – about their concerns.
It is scary to believe that there are medical professionals that would prescribe handfuls of medications to anyone – least of all to elderly folks that would not question whether or not this should be. That is why it is so darn important for you to step in to show your clients that With Age Comes Respect.