Posted on January 23, 2020
- You’ve no doubt read of the terrible opioid epidemic that is ruining—and taking—so many lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 40 people die each day from an overdose of opioid medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and codeine. Experts say the average life expectancy in the U.S. has even dropped slightly because of this crisis. Most media attention is paid to younger users who abuse these medications after purchasing them on the street. But in fact, many older adults also abuse opioid medications—and they didn’t buy them illegally, but began with a legitimate prescription.