Opioid Misuse Rises Among Older Adults, SAMHSA Reports – APhA submits compounding comments to FDA.

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Opioid misuse among adults aged 50 or older in 2014 was higher than most years between 2002 and 2011, indicates a new spotlight report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In contrast, opioid misuse among young adults aged 18 to 25 years decreased from 11.5% in 2002 to 8.1% in 2014. Opioid misuse includes either the use of heroin or the non-medical use of prescription pain relievers. The report, “Opioid Misuse Increases Among Older Adults,” states that data from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggest opioid misuse is increasing among older adults even though the proportion of older adults who misuse opioids is relatively small compared to young adults. In a new SAMHSA press release, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Dr Kimberly Johnson said, “The high rates of comorbid illnesses in older populations and the potential for drug interactions has profound implications for the health and well-being of older adults who continue to misuse opioids.”

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