New research shows that Medicare beneficiaries have the highest and fastest-growing rate of opioid use disorder.

While they’re not the typical sufferers one thinks of when one hears about the rampant abuse of opioids in the country today, Medicare beneficiaries should be included in the picture — and they could be getting the short end of the stick when it comes to help.

Kaiser Health News reported that a research letter published by JAMA Psychiatry said that the beneficiaries of Medicare have the highest, and the fastest-growing, rate of “opioid use disorder.” One out of every thousand patients covered by commercial insurance plans is a sufferer, but among Medicare patients, that number swells to 6 out of every 1,000.

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