In 2015, 440,000 calls were made to the poison control center because children got into medication that they shouldn’t have. There are lots of measures that society has taken to ensure that children aren’t gaining access to medication. The most common one is the child proof covers. However, just because the pills are in a “secure” container doesn’t actually mean that they are safe. In fact, research states that in nearly 45-55% of the poison control cases involved child-resistant packaging. The child was able to figure their way into the container with a little extra effort.
It’s not a lie that majority of Americans are prescribed medications. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic shows that about 70% of the nation is taking prescription medication. However, 50% of those people are not taking their medication correctly. When an individual doesn’t take their medication as prescribed, it is known as medication nonadherence (MNA). The reasons for medication nonadherence vary, but today we are going to cover the three most common reasons.
According to CNBC medication errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, only falling behind heart disease and cancer. Seems a little absurd, doesn’t it? The third leading cause of death is due to something that is preventable. If that’s the case, then why is this such a dilemma in our nation?