Medication Overload: America’s Other Drug Problem

Abstract: In this report, the Lown Institute calls for the development of a national strategy to address medication overload and help older people avoid its devastating effects on the quality and length of their lives. This is the full report (an executive summary is also available).   Suggested Citation: Garber, J., and Brownlee, S. Medication Overload: America's Other Drug Problem. Brookline, MA: The Lown Institute. 2019 DOI:

The drive to prescribe is harming older Americans