Opioid prescription painkillers have hidden, deadly side effects

The risk of death and unintentional injury is particularly high for elderly adults taking opioid painkillers — such as Vicodin and Oxycontin — according to the National Safety Council. Elderly adults taking opioid painkillers are 68% more likely to be hospitalized, 87% more likely to die, have four times as many bone fractures as those taking over-the-counter pain medication. Via Health Canal. Posted March 15, 2015.

–Alanna McCatty


Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.


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