Pros And Cons Of Overmedication

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Without being diagnosed correctly, “7.5 percent of U.S children between the ages [of] 6 and 17 take medication for ‘emotional or behavioral difficulties’” (Insel). Overmedication is the inappropriate medical treatment that occurs when a patient is given or takes unnecessary or excessive medications. Many are wrongly diagnosed by doctors, or self-medicated. With every disorder comes an evaluation and many doctors do not evaluate their patients or their behavior, they get straight to medicating. Due to the scientific advancement in medication, many doctors become dependent on it “fixing” problems in patients such as diagnosing children with behavior disorders, medicating injured athletes, and healing the elderly.
Medicine is the science and practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a disease. Medication is supposed to be specifically used for a person with any disease or illness. The most common medications used are ADHD medications, opioids, and Xanax. These prescription drugs don’t start out “bad” or addictive, and that is where
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Many nursing home residents all over the United States experience not only physical abuse, but drug abuse also. “In 2011, a government study found that 88 percent of Medicare claims for antipsychotics prescribed in nursing homes were for treating symptoms of dementia, even though the drugs aren't approved for that’” (Jaffe). Antipsychotic drugs are used to treat short or long-term bipolar disorders. The drugs treat schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, hallucinations, depression and a vast amount of other bipolar disorders. Caretakers who work in nursing homes are responsible for treating their patients with the correct care and treatment needed. Many residents of nursing homes are given drugs that are not required, whether it is the incorrect medicine for their illness, or too much of one
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