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Health Agencies Update
November 27, 2018

Opioid-Related Problems Increasing Among Older Adults

JAMA. 2018;320(20):2067. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17630

Among US adults age 65 years and older, the number of hospitalizations for opioid-related diagnoses rose from 80 500 in 2010 to 124 300 in 2015, according to a recently published report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

During that same period, the number of opioid-related emergency department visits by patients in that age group doubled, from 18 100 to 36 200, according to the AHRQ report.