The Older Face of the Opioid Epidemic

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By Kara Freeman May 30, 2017
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality.

The peak age group for overdoses is 45-54, which represents a distinct change from earlier periods when opioid overdose deaths were far higher in those age 20-29 than any older age group. This older age group for fatal overdoses likely represents a consequence of recruitment of adults into drug dependence by over-prescribing of opioids.