Lack of Awareness Puts Seniors at High Risk for Opioid Abuse

ADDICTION NOW (01/29) – Seniors receive nearly 30 percent of all medications prescribed in the United States and make up 36 percent of the total patient population that uses prescription drugs, according to Ezra Helfand, executive director of the Wellspring Center for Prevention in New Jersey. The primary reason older adults are more susceptible to abuse of prescription medications is their lack of awareness of the risks these drugs pose. Read more

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