According to a new report from the U.S. National Poison Data System which was discussed in Science Daily, adult Americans are making more and more dosing errors when it comes to their use of medication.
No surprise, really, when you consider that compared to just a few years ago, so many more people are getting so many more (often more complex and powerful) medications (we live in a drug-happy culture).
And that has to be added, of course, to the fact that so many more of us are living longer, which to this old guy is entirely a good thing but one has to accept that older individuals are much more likely to get medications than younger ones and to make medication errors as well.
Another factor contributing to this trend is that we also know much more now about drug interactions and drug toxicity levels so there’s just so much more information to handle and mis-handle.
Luckily, most medication errors don’t result in permanent or serious harm but a few do, and some can be quite serious, so the bottom line is pretty simple: if you’re going to take any drug, even an over-the-counter preparation that you are self-medicating with or a “natural” health product that your health store expert insisted was just what you need, inform yourself fully about the proper dosage and especially about the potential interactions with other meds you may be taking.
And then, be careful anyway because it’s very easy to make a potentially harmful mistake.