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Opioid use among seniors: A growing concern

from McKnight's Senior Living

Prescription opioids have garnered much media attention in recent years in the United States as use and abuse of the pain medications continue to rise. But an important community of people is taking opioids, and the effects on them have not been followed as closely: seniors. Indeed, nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries last year received at least one prescription for an opioid, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin) and fentanyl. more

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