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Three Reasons for High Prescription Drug Overdose Rates

Three Reasons for High Prescription Drug Overdose RatesOverdose is one of the nation’s greatest health concerns, particularly with prescription medications. Every year, these medications lead to many hospitalizations and deaths, especially from overdose. Many cases occur as people abuse drugs carelessly, but other people overdose as they take prescriptions and are unaware of the risks of these drugs. Though countless factors contribute to the high rates of overdose on prescription drugs, the following three reasons greatly impact these rates: improper medication education, combining prescription drugs with other substances and improper storage in households.

Improper Medication Education

Many cases of drug overdose occur as a result of improper pharmacological teaching. When a medication is prescribed, the doctor, nurses and pharmacists must ensure that the patient has received proper education about the drug. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers fail to do so, which means the patient is on her own. Prioritizing safety information is essential to reducing the number of medication overdose cases.

Combining Prescription Drugs with Other Substances

Whether it is done intentionally or accidentally, combining prescription drugs with other substances can lead to overdose. Many people create improper drug combinations because they lack proper education on the drug. Combining prescription medications with over-the-counter drugs may seem safe, but it can be dangerous. Many people unintentionally combine dangerous drugs to achieve a high, which means they may take prescription medications with alcohol to create a buzz, but what they may create is a fatal overdose.

Improper Household Drug Storage

Accidental drug overdose in children is an unfortunate, yet common, occurrence. According to a 2011 press release by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of accidental overdoses in young children has increased by 20 percent in recent years. In most of these cases, it is the improper storage of prescription medications that causes the deaths. Instead of storing drugs in low shelves, cabinets or drawers, people should store drugs somewhere out of reach. Locked cabinets are the ideal storage area for both prescription and nonprescription medications.

Closing medicine bottles improperly is another factor in the overdose rates of children. Many people are careless about ensuring their prescription medications are closed properly, and such carelessness can be fatal. It is important to ensure that drugs are stored in the childproof bottles that are given with the prescription, because significant health problems may result otherwise.

Help for Prescription Drug Addiction

If you or a loved one suffers from prescription drug addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about prescription drug abuse, addiction and treatment, so seek their help right now to begin recovery.

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