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Recent opioid use associated with increased risk of falls in older people

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A retrospective cohort study based on registry data from older patients admitted to hospital for injury found that recent opioid use was associated with an increased risk of a fall.1 Patients who had received a recent prescription (in the 2 weeks before the injury) for opioid drugs were more likely to have been admitted for a fall than for any other type of injury.

The study included all patients aged 65 years and older who were admitted to hospital (for more than 2 days) for injury in 57 trauma centres …

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