“Recent physician-prescribed opioids represent the main source of provenance of the drug in individuals age ≥65 years who misuse them, according to a study published in Pain.
Investigators analyzed data from the 2009 to 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health to identify patients from 6 age groups who were taking opioids, including people 50 to 64 years old (n=24,384) and ≥50 years (n= 39,561).
In participants age ≥65 years, theft (5.3%), purchases (8.5%), and other (14.5%) were the least-used sources of past-month misused opioids, compared with physician- or friend/relative-obtained drugs (47.7% and 23.2%, respectively). Individuals ≥50 years who obtained misused opioids from 3 different sources vs physician only had higher rates of prescription opioid use disorder (P =.03).
Source: ClinicalPainAdvisor.com – May 1, 2018