NPR reported that seniors in the Southeast are disproportionately affected by dangerous medications. The data shows more than 1/3 of seniors in the Southeast are taking drugs that they should avoid or substitute for a safer alternative. Many of the risky drugs are being prescribed to a population that they shouldn’t be. For example, many of the drugs are long-lasting which would be fine in a young person, but because older people have slower metabolism, the drug stays in their systems for longer periods of time, which can wreak havoc on blood sugar and other bodily processes.
The study researchers used the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s list of drugs to avoid in the elderly. The study researchers suggest that elderly patients in the Southeast become more proactive in researching their medications. They suggest referencing the list and talking with doctors and pharmacists.