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Older arthritic patients taking opioids may face increased risk of bone fracture, heart attack, death.

Older arthritic patients taking opioids may face increased risk of bone fracture, heart attack, death.

The New York Times(12/14, B3, Meier) reports, "Older patients with arthritis who take narcotic-based drugs to relieve pain face a higher risk of bone fracture, heart attack and death when compared to those taking non-narcotic drugs, according to" research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. "The use of narcotic painkillers has increased in recent years because of a prevailing belief that such drugs were safer for older patients than non-narcotic drugs like" ibuprofen. However, "the review, financed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, appears to undercut that assumption."

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