(NC) Older adults experience higher rates of chronic pain and disease than the general population and are therefore routinely prescribed opioids to deal with pain associated with conditions such as arthritis and cancer. This may help explain why they have a higher rate of hospitalizations due to opioid poisoning than any other age group, according to a recent report. […]
(NC) With 21.5 million opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2016, Canada is the second highest per capita consumer of opioids worldwide. Anyone using opioids is at risk of an overdose, including young people that are prescribed opioids for a number of reasons such as dental surgery or sports injuries. […]
(NC) It’s a common misconception that large cities are most affected by opioid use and abuse. But recent stats show residents in communities of 50,000 to 100,000 people are 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalized due to opioid overdose than those in large metropolitan centres.