Rate of opioid abuse, overdoses climbs among middle aged, elderly

From Becker’s:

According to data from the CDC cited by WSJ, Americans between ages 45 and 64 accounted for almost half — 44 percent — of deaths attributed to overdoses in 2013 and 2014, and the proportion of adults age 50 and older seeking opioid addiction treatment has increased significantly over recent decades.

Although many drug overdose deaths are attributed to illicit street drugs, prescription opioids pose a growing problem, the CDC reported in December.

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