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SEPTEMBER 2018
COME CELEBRATE OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY
AT THE 2018 ANNUAL MEETING
Friday, September 7, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lantana, Randolph (Exit 5A off Rt. 128).
GUEST SPEAKER
MAURA HEALEY
One of the highlights during this year’s annual meeting will be our guest speaker – Attorney General Maura Healey. “We’re honored that the Attorney General will be speaking to our members about her Office’s work on their behalf,” comments Association President Frank Valeri. “That includes their efforts against those who are enabling the current opioid epidemic, namely the manufactur- ers of highly addictive pain reliev- ers or opioids.
“There’s a common misconcep- tion that addiction to pain relievers is a problem among younger, not older, people. Nothing could be
ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY
Taking On Drug Manufacturers For Retirees
further from the truth.”
Recently hearings were conducted
by the U.S. Senate Special Com- mittee on Aging, which is chaired by our neighbor to the north, U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine. They examined the issue of retirees being over-prescribed opioids.
“Many perceive the face of opioid addiction as young. The epidemic, however, intersects just as much with older adults,” Collins said as she opened the hearing. “According to the (Office of the) Inspector General, one in three Medicare Part D beneficiaries received an opioid prescription in 2016, and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) esti-
mates that the number of people age 55 or older treated in emergency rooms for opioid overdoses increased by 32 percent from 2016 to 2017.”
During the hearing, Sen. Collins pointed out that seniors using opioids are “four to five times more likely to fall” compared with those using other kinds of pain treatment. Unfortunately these injuries further complicate an already dangerous situation.
While the Congress has been examining the impact of opioids on retirees, Healey’s office has been
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