Drug therapy is necessary for the treatment of many forms of mental illness and chronic pain. However, some medications can create serious health and social issues when they are overprescribed. Overprescribing or mis-prescribing medications is a particular concern in vulnerable populations such as older Americans and those with current or previous substance related disorders. This course will discuss the current overprescribing crisis in healthcare and potential solutions. Specifically, this course will provide an overview of overprescribing in eldercare and mental health settings will discuss how taking unnecessary medication harms patients and increases the risk of addiction. It will also discuss how to minimize the risks of overprescribing in treatment.