US Administration for Community Living

The Opioid Public Health Emergency and Older Adults

Posted on March 12, 2018

US issues report on opioid epidemic and older adults

The US Administration for Community Living has authored an issue briefing on opioids. Opioid misuse and addiction have become a large, nation-wide issue. Opioid use disorder can affect people of all ages; racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities; income classes; and geographic areas.

Older adults are among the groups affected by this problem because they often use prescription opioids to cope with painful chronic conditions, such as arthritis, or procedures, such as surgery.

To view the briefing, go here.

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