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May 09th 2016:Recognizing and Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults

An article in the Journal of American Medicine says that about 12 percent of those people sixty-five and older take ten or more medications per week, some over the counter, some prescribed. The medical community defines this situation as Polypharmacy (the use of four or more medications by a patient). What happens in many cases, unfortunately, is that the patients and caregivers lose track of these meds and the combinations of the drugs cause severe health problems from dementia to death.
Some topics that will be discussed include: 1. The distinction between the symptoms of aging, p

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Harry Haroutunian, MD

Harry Haroutunian, MD, is an internationally known speaker and authority on addiction-oriented topics—including drug misuse among older adults. He is widely read online and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and Dr. Drew On Call as well as in The New York Times and Cosmopolitan. Board certified in both addiction and family medicine, Dr. Haroutunian serves as physician director of professional and residential programs at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He is the author of Being Sober: A Step-by-Step Guide To, Getting Through, and Living in Recovery. In his new book, NOT AS PRESCRIBED: Recognizing and Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults, Dr. Harry Haroutunian ad
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