May 17, 2018
By Jane Brown
Seniors in long term care facilities appear to be twice as likely to be prescribed opioids compared to other people their age and three times as likely to be on antidepressants.
The revelation is based on 2016 data in a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
The report’s authors found 40 per cent of long-term care residents in BC, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and PEI were prescribed opioids, compared with just over 20 percent of all seniors.
About 60 per cent of the long term care residents were on antidepressants, compared to 19 per cent of all seniors.