Rural Older Adults Hit Hard by Opioid Epidemic
Describes the scarcity of overdose-related medical resources in rural areas, despite the relatively high rate of hospitalizations and death among rural opioid users ages 45 and older. Explores causes of increased opioid prescribing, health risks, associated elder abuse, barriers to care, and possible solutions.
William F. Benson, Nancy Aldrich
American Society on Aging
Access · Elderly population · Illicit drug use · Prescription drug abuse · Rural-urban differences