Done is quiz form, Maxine Fischer, manager for state operations for AARP, delivered a strong “dose of prescription drug reality” by asking how well seniors in attendance know their prescription drugs. We thought we’d pose some of the questions to you too.
1. How many prescription drugs does the average person age 45 and older take every day?
a) One2. What percent of adults 65+ skip does or do not fill prescriptions because of cost?
a) 10%3. What should you do if you forget to take a medication dose?
a) Consult your doctor or pharmacistb) Take your medication as soon as you remember
c) Wait for your next scheduled dose4. Which is not a safe way to dispose of old medication?
d) Double your next scheduled dose
a) Take it back to the pharmacist5. Where should you store your medicine?
b) Toss it in the garbage or flush it in the toilet
c) Crush the drugs, mix them with used coffee grounds or kitty litter and put in a can or sealable bag before tossing
d) Bring meds to community drug disposal, solid waste or pharmaceutical take-back program
a) In the medicine cabinet, of courseb) In your safety deposit box
c) In a cool, dark, dry, safe placeAnswers: 1.) B 2.) B 3.) A 4.) B, you don’t want old medications getting into the water system. 5.) C, medications actually disintegrate from the moisture produced in bathrooms so medicine cabinets are a poor storage choice.
d) In the refrigerator