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Opioid Addiction Is Both Medical and Financial

Drug abuse is perceived as a lifestyle of the young.  But prescription drug addiction in the older population is real and has already reached epidemic proportions.  On top of this deaths annually from prescription drugs continue to rise surpassing deaths from motor vehicle accidents.

And it’s not going to go away. In Europe by the year 2050, the 65 and above age group is projected to account for one fourth of the continent’s population. By the year 2030 the number of 65+ year-olds in the U.S. is projected to reach 71 million. 

As many as 17% of adults age 60 and over abuse prescription drugs.and  it has been estimated that the number…

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 Opioid Addiction Is Both Medical and Financial

Over the last few years opioids have gotten a lot of bad press. But is profit motive more to blame than the drug itself?

11 things you should know about common pain relievers

The two main categories of commonly used pain relievers are acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include aspirin and drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors. Many are available over the counter; some are available by prescription only.


We, as clinicians, are uniquely positioned to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

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