Opioid Crisis Fueling Elder Abuse

Opioid Crisis Fueling Elder Abuse
The opioid crisis is fueling the problem of elder abuse, as adult children who are addicted to drugs exploit parents and other relatives, experts tell The Boston Globe. In Massachusetts, reports of suspected elder abuse have increased 37 percent in the past five years. More adult children addicted to opioids are moving home with their elderly parents, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan. These parents receive monthly Social Security checks. Some also receive pension checks. They can become targets of financial, physical and emotional abuse, the article notes. Ryan said in the past month, her office has handled about 10 cases that involved grandchildren who allegedly stole money, silver and jewelry from their grandparents. The items often were pawned to buy drugs. Ryan has begun advising first responders—police, firefighters and emergency medical service crews—to look for unusual bruising on the wrists and forearms of elderly people. These marks can...
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Senate Committee Requests Help for Elderly American Tricked into Drug Smuggling

Senate Committee Requests Help for Elderly American Tricked into Drug Smuggling
Members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging are seeking help for a retired pastor from Maine who is imprisoned in Spain for smuggling drugs. The New York Times reports the pastor was tricked into carrying contraband. Recently, nine senators called on Secretary of State John Kerry or James Costos, the American ambassador to Spain, to raise the case of J. Bryon Martin directly with the Spanish government. Martin, 77, is serving six years in prison for smuggling drugs. “We find it terribly unfair that an older American who by all indications is a victim and did not understand that he was being used to transport illegal drugs remains incarcerated abroad while the criminals who masterminded this scheme remain free,” the senators wrote in the letter. The senators also called on the State Department to take similar steps on behalf of other American citizens being held by foreign governments. Dozens of...
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