Decade of data confirms link between opioids and falls in the elderly

Opioid use by the elderly is associated with an increased risk of fall-related injuries and dying in hospital, a large cohort study confirms.

Canadian researchers have drawn on a decade of data from a trauma registry to determine the links between opioids and falls, as previous study findings have been inconsistent.

In the study of almost 68,000 patients with a mean age of nearly 81 years, they found that patients who had filled an opioid prescription in