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Narcotic pain medicine use on the rise among seniors

"A Journal Sentinel investigation by John Fauber and Ellen Gabler has found that, increasingly, narcotic drugs have been prescribed for chronic pain, an area where their safety and effectiveness is unproven, especially for older patients."

"Though a growing number of experts believe the drugs may do more harm than good, the country's aging population has become a prime market for the $9 billion-dollar-a-year industry."

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