Opiates are commonly prescribed medications that have high abuse potential with tolerance developing. Although no geriatric population data is currently available, in a 2002 U.S survey, of 6.2 million persons over the age of 12, 4.4 million had used narcotic pain relievers nonmedically. Both acute and chronic opioid use is associated with neuropsychological deficits in executive functions, attention, concentration, recall, visuospatial skills, and psychomotor speed.
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