Health Promotion and the Use of Psychoactive Drugs among the Elderly Introduction to the Issue While most elderly people are unlikely to be regular users of illegal drugs, they are significant users of psychoactive substances prescribed by a physician. In fact, in some countries, the elderly are likely to consume more psychotropic drugs than any other age group (Carlsten & Waern, 2009). At the same time, there are issues in the prescription of these drugs as well as in their use, misuse and abuse by the elderly. These include: an increased risk for falling or other types of accidents, adverse drug reactions due to a lack of testing on the elderly with comorbid conditions, drug related morbidity, and unfavourable interactions with other...The end:
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