I just received my September copy of AARP Bulletin (yes I am one of those past our golden years)
46 Americans Die Each Day From Painkiller OD's - Deaths for ages 55-64 rise 700%
Now that is very alarming. Reading more into the article, an example was given were a women in her mid 60's with a "degenerative back condition".
Her doctor started her on Oxycontin for the pain. Within months she was up to 280 mg of Oxycontin a day, which is equivalent of 56 percocets.
The increase rates since 2012 also indicate a 5 fold increase in prescription pain medication overdoses for people ranging from 45-85. Much faster rate then for the young.
Some of the reasons for these for the OD was centered around their ages. Not being able to handle the pain medications along with the many other medications they may be taking at that age.
Problem? Appears that all the medications were properly prescribed
Solution? More diligent monitoring of prescription pain medications
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences