Overdose Death Risk Rises Dramatically as Opioid Users Age

“As users of heroin and other opioids get older, their risk for overdose death increases dramatically, a new study of age trends in excess deaths shows.

Although male users had almost double the rate of drug-related poisoning in early adulthood compared with female drug users, the difference narrowed considerably with age, the study found.

“Our analysis provides the first demonstration of a highly significant, age-related increase in opioid users’ drug-related poisoning mortality rate that persists beyond 45 years of age,” the authors, led by Matthias Pierce, Institute of Brain Behavior and Mental Health, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, write.”

The study was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Read more at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/838909

Source: Medscape.com – January 29, 2015