May 17, 2022
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders
  • UnitedHealth Foundation’s latest America’s Health Ranking Senior Report revealed that drug-related deaths among adults 65 and older doubled over the course of a decade. Drug deaths among older adults rose from 4.2 per 100,000 to 8.4 per 100,000 between the 2008–2010 timeframe and 2018–2020, the largest increase in deaths compared with other age groups 15 and older. Black adults were more than 10 times likelier to die as a result of drug use than older Asian adults, and the death rate among males was double that for females. (Report here)