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Those in 50s biggest group battling drug addiction

from HealthDay via WebMD

Older adults are now the largest age group seeking help in narcotic painkiller and heroin treatment programs, a study based in New York City found. Narcotic painkillers include prescription painkillers, such as morphine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), and hydrocodone (Vicodin, Percocet). These medications are also known as opioids. The researchers' analysis of data revealed a "pronounced age trend in those utilizing opioid treatment programs from 1996 to 2012, with adults aged 50 and older becoming the majority treatment population," principle investigator Dr. Benjamin Han, from New York University, said in a university news release. more

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