(ABC NEWS) -- Middle-aged women are prescribed more than any other group -- twice as many as middle-aged men -- making them particularly vulnerable to opioid abuse, according to a new report released today.
"More people die from prescription opioid overdose than from heroin overdose per year," Dr. Jennifer Holder-Murray, co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program told ABC News.
"What's startling and really bothersome in this study is the number of patients that are on opioids well after the surgery's been completed," Holder-Murray said. The report concluded that nearly 3 million patients in 2016 who underwent surgery continued taking opioids beyond their postsurgical recovery period.
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