Opioid addiction is a risk for older Americans

From MarketWatch:

“It’s easy to assume the opioid epidemic afflicts young people. But seniors can get hooked too.

Weeks before my recent oral surgery, the dental office gave me prescriptions for two pain medications in case I needed them later. One was ibuprofen (500 mg); the other actually scared me.

An orange warning sticker on the cap, CAUTION: OPIOID, caught my eye. The next line bluntly summarized the danger: RISK OF OVERDOSE AND ADDICTION.

Inside, I found four white pills.”

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