Most older adults with an opioid prescription do not have conversations with their healthcare providers about what to do with leftover pills, according to a report from the National Poll on Healthy Aging at the University of Michigan. 

Researchers surveyed 589 American adults 50–80 years old who received an opioid prescription in the past two years. They found that only 37 percent had a discussion with their provider about what to do with leftover medication. Half of the adults reported having leftover medication, and 86 percent said they hold onto the pills for use in case of future pain. Just 13 percent said they returned the extra medication to an approved location. Researchers noted that keeping extra opioids in the home is the most common way for family members or others to misuse these medications. Learn more...

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