Most older adults take their medicines as prescribed, but in recent years there has been a rise in medication abuse among people 60+. Older adults who take prescription medications improperly have a higher risk of accidents, falls and injuries. Abusing certain types of medications can also lead to addiction .
The information on Prescription and Illicit Drug Use was provided by NIHSeniorHealth and developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at NIH.
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