Opioid Prevention Program For Seniors

The Opioid Prevention for Aging & Longevity (OPAL) program is funded by the Arkansas Department of Aging and Adult Behavioral Health Services through an award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“In our clinic at the Reynolds Institute, the median age is around 86 years,” said Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., director of the institute. “Our clinic is the largest, freestanding academic geriatrics outpatient clinic in the United States. For patients aged 90 and older, opioids are the fourth most commonly prescribed medicine. We know something needs to be done.”      MORE

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