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Prescription drug overdose 'increases physical injury risk for young'

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Taking two or more prescription drugs at any one time can double the fall risk for the young and middle aged, similar to the effect seen in older people, according to Auckland University researchers.

They looked at 344 cases of working age people who died or required admission within 48 hours of an unintentional fall at home and compared them with 352 controls.

Those taking two or more drugs were 2.5 times more likely to sustain an injury from a fall as those taking one or none.

Writing in the journal Injury Prevention, the authors said: “Anti-hypertensives and statins were the most common drugs involved.”

They added: “No increased risk was found for asthma inhalers, anti-inflammatories, steroids, or antidepressants.”

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