Older adults, seniors taking opioids at higher risk of toxicity or death: report

August 31, 2018
The Canadian Press - Sheryl Ubelacker

TORONTO -- When most people think about opioid overdoses, it's typically a younger person that comes to mind. But it's often older Canadians who bear the brunt of detrimental effects related to the powerful narcotics.

In fact, about 30 per cent of all opioid-related deaths in Canada in 2017 occurred among those aged 50 and older, while adults 65-plus had the highest rates of hospitalization due to toxicity from the painkillers, says a report by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE), released Wednesday in Ottawa.

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