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Serving Greater Macon, Warner Robins, Perry, GA and the Surrounding Areas

Macon, Georgia
150 S Houston Lake Rd
Warner Robins, GA  31088
Phone: 478-971-1608
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Senior drug abuse ©
When you think of drug addiction, seniors are not the first age group that comes to mind. However, 40 percent of the prescription drugs sold in the United States are used by the elderly, often for problems such as chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety. According to the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, as many as 17% of adults age 60 and over abuse prescription drugs. Narcotic pain killers, sleeping pills and tranquillizers are common medications of abuse

Recently an article came across my desk in the CSA (Certified Senior Advisor) Journal regarding drug abuse in seniors. It’s not a subject I would normally dwell on but that article took me back to when I had open heart surgery and the Dr. prescribed oxycontin for pain management. I had never taken it before or since so I didn’t have any experience to go on. Neither did I have any sympathy for, or understanding of drug abusers.

Ever since watching a couple drug addiction TV programs on “Dragnet” as a kid back in the 50’s starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday, I have been scared to death of anything involving addictive drugs.

But I do remember being amazingly pain free after coming home from that surgery…until the day after that oxycontin prescription ran out.

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