Study: 20% Of Older Adults Taking Medications Which Could Increase Risks Of Auto Accidents.

November 28, 2018

Reuters (11/28, Carroll) reports that a new study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests a large number of older people who drive “are taking multiple medications that may increase the risk of car crashes.” Indeed, nearly one-fifth were found to be “taking medications the American Geriatrics Society has called potentially inappropriate medications, or PIMs,” which the society advises “should be avoided by seniors because they have very limited benefit, pose excess harm, or both.” Concerning these warnings, the AAA Foundation researchers noted in their report that additional research suggests such PIMs “can raise the risk of a crash by up to 30 percent,” the piece adds.

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