A study published in JAMA Network Open found when older breast cancer patients continued to take opioid medications in the year after cancer treatment, there was an increased risk of drug-related adverse events, but misuse was less common than other problems, such as gastrointestinal and cardiovascular events, infections, and falls or fractures. Researchers wrote that initiatives to improve opioid prescribing focus on preventing misuse rather than other serious opioid-related harms in at-risk populations, including older adults.
Study assesses opioid use in older cancer patients
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