Prescription medications are primarily used to treat acute or chronic pain, but can lead to over reliance; especially when it comes to opiods.
According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, opiod pain relievers are used by 15% of the population. The rate is highest among seniors.
A local Pharmacist has seen some seniors doubling up on medication unintentionally.
“There can be some confusion, and sometimes if a senior is not going to the same pharmacy they might be giving you multiple medications for different pharmacies, which creates confusion for everybody,” says Patrick Dinelle with 3rd Avenue Pharmacy. “So I recommend for seniors to choose one pharmacy and talk to their pharmacists about all their medications and get an up to date recommendation on what they should be on.”