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Prescription Drugs Special Report: Drug Abuse and the Elderly

Posted Apr 13 2010 7:13am

Prescription drug abuse is not just something that happens in the young. People over age 65 also are at risk for drug abuse — and perhaps even more so. That’s because Americans age 65 and older make up 13% of the population but consume about one third of all prescription drugs. Older individuals also take more potentially addictive medications than any other age group.

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