12 Ways Opioid Addiction and Treatment Differ in Older Adults

12 Ways Opioid Addiction and Treatment Differ in Older Adults
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Older adults aren't immune from the opioid epidemic sweeping the U.S. However, seniors have unique backgrounds, vulnerabilities and needs for addiction treatment. Many feel ashamed to seek help for problems with prescription painkillers like OxyContin or street drugs like heroin. But age-tailored treatment can save lives, salvage family relationships and restore meaning and purpose to existence. Below, experts lay out generational issues in opioid addiction.

 

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