Terrible Dangers of Opioids for Seniors
Our country is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. A staggering 78 Americans die every day from drug overdoses, 2/3 of which involve opioids. America’s elderly are caught up in the epidemic too: opioid prescriptions to seniors increased nine-fold over a recent ten-year period. Reports of senior addiction and opioid-related deaths have increased dramatically. Pain management is often a concern with seniors. But the powerfully addictive nature of opioids and the fact that prescriptions may be administered by untrained or unscrupulous caregivers makes opioids particularly dangerous for the elderly.
The San Francisco and California elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. know what horrors an untrained or abusive caregiver can inflict through over-medication and administration of opioids. Stay involved in the lives of senior loved ones entrusted to the care of others, whether in nursing homes or cared for at home by caregivers. Be especially watchful of the drugs being administered to them. If you’re concerned, act at once; overdoses can be fatal. If a senior loved one is being mistreated, overmedicated, or neglected in a nursing home or by a caregiver in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call us today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.
We cannot stress enough that the dangers of geriatric opioid use are very, very real. Hospitalizations for geriatric misuse of opioids has quintupled over the last 20 years. Extra precautions are necessary in addressing pain management for seniors because of age-related changes in the body and drug-to-drug interaction with seniors on multiple medications. If extra precautions aren’t taken, the results can be fatal. Whether your senior loved one is in a nursing home or at home under the care of a caregiver, monitor the drugs he or she is given. It might be the most important thing you can do.
If you or a loved one been the victim of elder abuse in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other Evans Law Firm elder abuse attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</a>. We can help guide your case through investigation, discovery, through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.