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Older adults (65 years or older) visit emergency departments almost 450,000 times each year, more than twice as often as younger persons.

Older adults are nearly seven times more likely than younger persons to be hospitalized after an emergency visit, but most of these hospitalizations are due to just a few drugs that should be monitored carefully to prevent problems. Blood thinners (such as warfarin), diabetes medications (such as insulin), seizure medications (such as phenytoin), and opioid analgesics are some examples of these medications.

(Source: CDC)

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