Older adults who use opioids for pain relief may be at an increased risk of falling as well as deaths according to researchers. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death in older adults. However evidence for a link between opioid use and falls is inconsistent the researcher said. The findings showed that patients with opioid intake were 2.4 times more likely to have a fall causing injury. The study confirms an association between recent opioid use and fall-related injury in a large trauma population of older adults said Raoul Daoust from the Universite de Montreal in Quebec Canada.