Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse

Frequently Asked Questions

5. Can older people abuse prescription medications without meaning to?

Yes, people can unintentionally take medicines the wrong way. As people get older, trouble with vision or memory can make it hard to use medications correctly. Taking lots of medications at different times of the day can be confusing. Another common problem is having more than one doctor who prescribes medicines, but no single doctor who monitors them and checks for any interactions.