US News & World Report speaks on the rising concern of opioid use, specifically among older Americans. The critical point in these findings suggests a need for increased screening for substance use disorders among older adults, particularly the demographic of age 55+, as the steadily rising rates are a growing concern.
"You can still use recreational drugs at an older age. You can have STDs at an older age, but we don't think about it, I think, because of stereotypes about what it means to be an older adult," -Maryann Mason, associate professor of emergency medicine at Northwestern University's Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, in Chicago.
Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the increased use of illicit drugs represents another crisis that the nation cannot afford to neglect. As an expert and a leader in the field of clinical toxicology, we are committed to raising awareness and expanding testing and treatments across all demographic groups. Through our cutting-edge testing technology, we enable healthcare workers to monitor medications, as well as to detect the presence of illicit drugs.
Click here to learn more about our substance use testing today.