Why do the Elderly Need an Online Drug Class?

by Mike Miller December 31, 2011
When you think of a drug addict does the image of an octogenarian come to mind? Probably not. But this is becoming more common all of the time. For older adults, drinking too much and misusing medications are the major substance use problems, affecting as many as 20 percent of them. They are particularly vulnerable to the mental and physical effects of alcohol and drugs because of physiological and cognitive changes that take place with age. And, even if they are not addicted to alcohol or ille... [More]

Elderly In Need of Online Drug Class

by Mike Miller December 29, 2011
Just about every day you can find a story about the elderly and how it is finally coming out that they have drug and alcohol problems too. Government inspectors told Medicare officials need to do more to stop doctors from prescribing powerful psychiatric drugs to nursing home patients with dementia, an unapproved practice that has flourished despite repeated government warnings. So-called antipsychotic drugs are designed to help control hallucinations, delusions and other abnormal behavior in ... [More]

Elderly Need Online Drug Class

by Mike Miller December 23, 2011
When you think of a drug addict does the image of an octogenarian come to mind? Probably not. But this is becoming more common all of the time. Gladys of Miami, FL became a drug addict at the age of 82 when the pain of arthritis got to be too much for her and she became dependent on opiates to get through the day and to sleep at night. Frank of Los Angeles, CA became a dangerous, problem drinker at 66 after he retired from his job as a maintenance man in a local school. Every day he drove to a... [More]

Seniors Could Use Online Drug Class

by Mike Miller December 3, 2011
An often forgotten segment of the population when it comes to substance abuse is senior citizens. Perhaps it is because people think they are “older and wiser,” and would not be addicted to chemical substances. That certainly is not always the case. Part of the Problem Seniors, who often take multiple medications prescribed by different doctors, are at risk for prescription drug abuse and may be subject to overdose and interaction side effects from those medications. People aged 6... [More]