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Large portion of Americans not using prescriptions correctly

Posted On Tue, May 1, 2012

Quest Diagnostics recently released a study which showed that many Americans are using their prescription drugs incorrectly.

The study found that 63 percent of those surveyed had misused at least one medication that they take. The issues include missing doses as well as mixing the pills with other items that are not recommended, which can severely hurt a person's health. More than 40 percent noted misusing opiods, while half of those polled misused a depressant. In addition, 48 percent did not use amphetamines correctly.

"These results are sobering, and suggest that changes in prescribing medications - and educating patients in appropriate prescription drug use - are urgently needed," said Dr. Keith Heinzerling, assistant professor with the UCLA Department of Family Medicine.

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