GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Experts say dangerous medication reactions account for nearly 700,000 ER visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year, mostly for older Americans. It’s estimated that one third, of all adults in the United States, takes five or more medications. Prescription medicines can help extend and improve lives, but they can also be very dangerous if taken improperly.

Today in the Sandwich Generation, Dr. Lawrence Lee, UCare's Chief Medical Officer, appeared on the KARE 11 News at 11 to talk about the importance of managing prescription drugs for the elderly.

Caregivers can play a huge role in keeping seniors safe. If you or someone you know takes too large of a dose or accidentally takes the wrong medication, call the MN Poison Control Center immediately at (800) 222-1222.

For information on 200+ RX drug drop-off locations across Minnesota, check out Health Fair 11's Rx Drug Drop Off program, a project of Health Fair 11, a nonprofit organization.

Health Fair 11 campaigns are made possible with the support of UCare and KARE 11.

Tips to Manage Senior Prescription Medications

  • Keep a current list of all medicines & doses
  • Be alert for unexpected side effects & report them immediately to your doctor
  • Periodically review the list with medical professionals and pharmacists to ensure medicines are still current and at the right dose.