Medication Safety at Home

| Posted On Apr 25, 2023 | By:

As our population ages, more and more people are taking multiple medications. According to a 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, nearly 89% of adults 65 and older, 75% of 50-64-year-olds, and 51% of 30-49-year-olds reported taking prescription medication.

Adverse drug events are a significant cause of emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Understanding why you’re taking a particular medication, what dose to take, how often you should take it, and what time of day are just some of the keys to ensuring you stay safe.

Common Causes of Medication Errors

Medication errors can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of those include:

Ways to Avoid Medication Errors

In order to reduce the risk of medication errors and mishaps in your home and with your loved ones, we suggest you follow these tips to keep you and your family safe:

If you have any questions about your medications, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about medication safety? Here are some additional resources you may find helpful:

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About Sandra Elman, PharmD

Sandra Elman, PharmD, is a Clinical Pharmacist. She joined Atrius Health in 2015 after completing her residency in pharmacy practice at MCPHS University and Atrius Health. Prior to residency, she graduated with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.