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Opioid misuse sending more older adults to emergency departments

from McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Emergency room visits by seniors who have misused opioids more than tripled between 2006 and 2014, according to a new study. The misuse of painkillers has had a snowball effect for seniors, leading to an increase in the number of chronic conditions, greater injury risk and higher rates of mental health diagnoses, researchers with Towson University found. more

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