“The image of the opioid addict as a young person is fast becoming outdated, a new study suggests. Today, someone abusing opioids could be a working mom, or even a senior, a new review suggests.
According to various sources, Americans aged 50 to 69 years represent the fastest growing population of opioid addicts, and the number of people aged 65 years and over who have at some point abused opioids increased by 34% from 2011 to 2012.
“What this tells us is that there’s some evolving demographics for opioid addiction and guess what, it’s not just that young college student who is the addict; it’s actually also working people and it’s more mature adults,” said Joseph V. Pergolizzi Jr., MD, assistant professor, medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
“Practitioners should employ universal precautions because we don’t have any verifiable biomarker for who’s addicted, who’s abusing, missing or diverting drugs.”
The statistics come from a report based on recently released data from the medical literature, government sources, authoritative Web sites, and financial analyses. The report was compiled by NEMA Research, a clinical research network.”
Read more at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/831319
Source: Medscape.com – September 8, 2014