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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|May 11, 2004
||Contact: AoA Press Office
SAMHSA, FDA and AoA Work To Help Keep America’s Older Citizens Safe and Healthy and Celebrate Older American’s Month
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Administration on Aging,
agencies under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
will release public education materials to warn older Americans of the
dangers of mixing certain prescription drugs or prescription medications
Abuse of alcohol and prescription medications is a problem among older
adults since many who suffer from depression or anxiety start self-medicating
with alcohol instead of seeking help from a mental health professional.
There is also concern that the mixing of medications can provide symptoms
that masquerade as mental disorders.
WHO: H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Director, SAMHSA’s Center
for Substance Abuse Treatment
Peter Pitts, Associate Commissioner for External Relations, Food and
Edwin L. Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs,
Gilbert Fitzgerald, Person in Recovery
WHEN: May 11, 2004 at 1:30 P.M.
WHERE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources
Hubert Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201