If you’re feeling dizzy, drowsy, nauseous or tired, then you may be at an increased risk for overdose, according to a new study.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at a total of 4,569 adults between ages 20 and 64 who were treated in a hospital emergency department for a prescription opioid.
The patients who died from overdoses were at a higher risk of death than the other patients, regardless of their type of opioid.
For the study, researchers compared the results of the study’s participants to those of the general population.
The researchers analyzed data on prescriptions filled by emergency department physicians, hospitals and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to determine whether a patient was more likely to die from an opioid overdose if they had received an opioid prescription.
The NSDUG study had an adjusted odds ratio of 0.56, meaning that if a person had been prescribed opioids for a year, they were four times more likely than the general public to die of an overdose.
The risk of dying from an overdose is higher if you’re over 65.
But the study found that opioid prescriptions were not associated with higher rates of death.
For example, there was no association between an opioid being prescribed and being a resident in a nursing home.
If you think you may have an opioid problem, it’s important to seek help and get tested to see if you have a problem.
Dr. Jennifer A. Krieger, director of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, told Mashable that the findings are particularly worrisome because opioids are the most commonly prescribed painkillers.
The National Survey of Drug Use & Health showed that people over 65 were most likely to use opioids, the researchers said.
The data also showed that there was a higher rate of overdose deaths among people younger than 65.
For those under 65, the study showed a lower rate of death from overdose, and it showed that the risk was lower for people who were older than 65 when compared to the general age group.
For adults 65 and older, the risk of overdose was highest among those who had been using opioids in the past month.
In general, older people have lower levels of tolerance to opioids, which makes them more likely, in theory, to become addicted to opioids.
But there is still a lot of research needed to understand the relationship between opioid use and mortality.
John A. O’Malley, M.D., and Jeffrey L. Kuehn, M., Ph.
D. are coauthors of the findings.
The paper was funded by the National Institutes of Health.