• Opioid overdose deaths increased drastically among older Black men over a decade

    13 days ago - By Healio

    Opioid overdose deaths among older adults increased significantly from 1999 to 2019, especially among non-Hispanic Black men, according to findings published in JAMA Network Open.
    “Many of us think drug misuse is a problem of the young. However, older adults are experiencing an explosion in fatal opioid overdoses,” Maryann Mason, PhD, an associate professor in the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University, said in a press release.
    In a longitudinal cross-sectional study, Mason and colleagues examined data on opioid overdose deaths among adults aged 55
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  • Older Americans Are the Ignored Victims of the Opioid Epidemic

    Older Americans Are the Ignored Victims of the Opioid Epidemic

    13 days ago - By Time

    Death certificates have dispelled any doubts about just how devastating the opioid epidemic is. Between May 2020 and April 2021, drug overdoses caused more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S., according to provisional data from the National Center for Health Statistics. And a new analysis suggests that many of these deaths are from a somewhat surprising group: older Americans.
    In adults ages 55 and older, opioid overdose deaths rose tenfold between 1999 and 2019, surging from 0.9 deaths per 100,000 people to 10.7, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open that analyzed two...
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  • Older Adult Opioid Overdose Death Rates on the Rise, Says Study

    Older Adult Opioid Overdose Death Rates on the Rise, Says Study

    13 days ago - By Medindia Health

    In the United States, among adults ages 55 and older, opioid-related overdose deaths rose, from 518 deaths in 1999 to 10,292 deaths in 2019: a 1,886% increase.
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