Prescription Drug Problems Among Older Adults

When thinking about prescription drug dependence, one might automatically and understandably envision a young adult. Those “18 to 25 years old are the greatest abusers of medicine… ADHD stimulants, opioid pain relievers, and anti-anxiety drugs,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Research indicates that there has been a rush over the earlier decade in opioid misuse that includes prescription heroin in addition to pain narcotics such as fentanyl feeding an overdose plague in older adults.

Actually, between 2002 and 2014 opioid misuse doubled in those 50 and older (from about 1 to 2%), while falling in younger age classes. And a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released in September discovered that among people …

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