Methadone use among Quebec seniors jumps

Growing numbers of Quebecers over the age of 65 are being prescribed methadone to help them deal with addictions to opioids.

The Quebec Health Insurance Board has released statistics that show between 2016 and 2017 the number of methadone prescriptions issued for seniors jumped 32%.

In the same period methadone prescriptions for the rest of the population increased by 3%.

The Journal de Montreal says that most experts don't expect the numbers to decline because they believe doctors continue to overprescribe opioid drugs to their patients.

Methadone is a drug used to treat pain and to help taper people from opioid dependence.