READING, Pa., April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physician General Dr. Rachel
"It's crucial that seniors suffering from chronic pain have treatment options that give them alternatives to opioids," said Dr. Levine. "Opioid abuse or addiction can affect anyone, even older Pennsylvanians. I thank Senior LIFE Reading for partnering with the Wolf Administration and our efforts to end the opioid epidemic."
According to a recent John Hopkins University study, Americans 65 years of age or older make up 13 percent of the total United States population, yet they take approximately 33 percent of all prescription drugs.
"Chronic pain in the elderly has been estimated to be as high as 57 percent," said Dr. Galinsky. "These prescribing guidelines help ensure that the medical community is equipped to best serve the needs of older Pennsylvanians, while aiding in the fight to end the devastating opioid epidemic."
The Wolf Administration holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority. In order to continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf included the following proposals in his 2017-18 budget:
Some of the administration's other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:
If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.pa.gov/opioids for treatment options. For more information on the fight against opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
MEDIA CONTACTS: April Hutcheson, Health, 717-787-1783 or [email protected]Drew Wilburne, Aging, 717-705-3702
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health
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