It found that about 11% of them said they misused prescription drugs
in the past year, and of those, 44% had multiple sources for the drugs.
Hales, M.D., M.P.H., from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland, and colleagues used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the Canadian Health Measures Survey to describe use of prescription drugs
among adults aged 40 to 79 years.
"Research by the federal government has shown that prescription drug
abuse is a large driver of opioid addiction, and that the majority of abused prescription drugs
are obtained from family or friends, often from a home medicine cabinet," the search giant wrote in a blog (https://www.blog.google/topics/public-policy/national-drug-take-back-day/) post .
Under Part D, prescription drug
coverage can be provided by a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan --prescription coverage only--or a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription coverage.
The Elmhurst Police Department is sponsoring a Prescription Drug
Take-Back Day this month.
Only 8% of PDP enrollees who used eHealth's prescription drug
coverage comparison tool were currently enrolled in the PDP providing optimal coverage for their prescription drugs
, according to the data entered by online users.
Up until now, HMOs and insurance companies have been subsidizing consumer prescription drug
purchases through nominal "co-pay" arrangements.
IN 2014, PRESCRIPTION DRUG
UTILIZATION DECLINED BY 4%.
Some powerful OTC drugs such as anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen) and anti-ulcer agents (cimetidine) have made the transition from prescription drugs
to OTC because of the accumulation of the long-term data on safety and efficacy.
In addition, by definition, prescription drugs
costs are spread among everyone in a given health insurance pool.
• “Using prescription drugs
to get high is safer than using illicit drugs, like cocaine or heroin.”