Seniors are more at risk taking prescription drugs than any other age group. In fact, they are twice as likely as 30- to 40-year-olds to suffer a drugrelated accident.
Seniors take 25% of all drugs used in the United States. The average older person consumes from four to seven different medications a day.
Nursing home patients are even more vulnerable since they generally suffer from four or more disabilities and take an average of 15 different drugs a day.
Recognizing the special problems seniors have with medication, the House Select Committee on Aging recently held hearings on the subject.