Opioids Can Derail The Lives Of Older People, Too

John Evard (left) participated in group therapy during his stay at the rehab center. He was prescribed increasing dosages of opioids to manage his pain, Evard says, but it didn't work, and he was unable to quit the pills on his own. "I was effectively housebound," he says. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News

John Evard (left) participated in group therapy during his stay at the rehab center. He was prescribed increasing dosages of opioids to manage his pain, Evard says, but it didn't work, and he was unable to quit the pills on his own. "I was effectively housebound," he says.

Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News

The opioid crisis doesn't just impact younger populations, Jenny Gold on NPR's All Things Considered discusses how older adults are also at risk of addiction. Read and listen for more