Study Finds Majority of Americans Misuse Prescription Drugs

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According to a recently released report, many Americans are misusing prescription drugs in ways that are putting their health at risk. About 54 percent of people on prescription drugs misused them, which is actually down from 63 percent in 2011.

The biggest misuse was combing prescription drugs. The study showed that about 45 percent of patients in the study showed evidence that they had combined medicines, which indicates that a large number of patients may be using dangerous drug combinations. This finding was much higher than in previous years, in 2011 only about 32 percent of people inappropriately mixed drugs, and in 2014 it was 35 percent. This is sobering news because combinations of certain drugs can cause very dangerous reactions, including death.

Some good news in the study is that children between the ages of 10 and 17 showed a sharp drop in inconsistent prescription drug use, meaning the drug was not consistently taken. There was also a decline in children younger than 10. This likely indicates that parents are making more of an effort at oversight.

The study also showed about 32 percent of patients use their prescription drugs inconsistently. Researchers believe patients may stop because of side effects, a belief that they are well, or because they sold the drugs for money.

Although the patients in this study intentionally or accidentally did not correctly use their prescription drugs and may have suffered side effects, in some cases a patient will correctly consume his or her prescription drugs and suffer a serious reaction. In that case, the drug may have been incorrectly prescribed or there may be a defect with the drug. Call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you have had a negative reaction to a defective prescription drug. You may have legal options. You can visit us on Facebook to learn more. 

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