Prescription Drug Abuse in the Elderly | Treatment


What should I do if I think an older adult is abusing prescription drugs?

If you suspect that an older adult is abusing a prescription drug, talk to the doctor who prescribed the medicine. Tell him or her about your concerns. The doctor will determine whether the person actually is abusing medicine or addicted and will help the person get treatment.

How is prescription drug abuse treated?

The treatment for prescription drug abuse depends on what drug is being abused, how addicted a person has become, and the risk of having a withdrawal of the drug. Treatment may include counseling, medicine, or both. The person’s doctor will help him or her find the right treatment.


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Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 10/15
Created: 02/12


Prescription Drug Abuse in the Elderly



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