LONG-TERM CARE SE­NIORS TWICE AS LIKELY ON OPI­OIDS

Windsor Star - - CANADA -

Se­niors in long-term care fa­cil­i­ties ap­peared to be twice as likely to be pre­scribed opi­oids com­pared to oth­ers their age and three times as likely to be on an­tide­pres­sants, ac­cord­ing to 2016 data in a new re­port by the Cana­dian In­sti­tute for Health In­for­ma­tion. Al­most 40 per cent of long-term care res­i­dents in B.C., Man­i­toba, New Brunswick, On­tario and P.E.I. were pre­scribed opi­oids, com­pared to 20.4 per cent of all se­niors. The re­port noted res­i­dents “tend to be older, more frail and sicker” than se­niors in the com­mu­nity.

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