This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to the substance misuse and abuse in older adults. Prescription, legal and illicit substances are included. 2 pages. 

This information sheet describes the risk of dependency on benzodiazepines, associated withdrawal symptoms, and effective interventions to manage withdrawal symptoms in seniors. 

The authors of this article provide a review of epidemiological findings focusing on illicit drug use disorders and nonmedical use of prescription drugs among older adults.  

This webpage discusses the demographics and prevalence of substance abuse among older adults, physical and psychological aspects of substance abuse and misuse, barriers to identification and treatment and needed actions.

This briefing of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction includes a section on key issues, prescribed and over-the-counter drugs, illicit drugs, alcohol, special risks for the elderly, identification and assessment, treatment, conclusions and policy considerations.

This report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information includes data on the most commonly used drugs, chronic conditions being treated by prescription medications, public drug program spending, how many seniors were using potentially inappropriate medications and how drug usage by seniors differs for those living in long-term care.  

This issue of “prevention Tactics” provides an overview of considerations related to prescription drug usage in older adults.  The author describes how older adults are more vulnerable to drug misuse, substances that can compound the effects of misuse/abuse, commonly prescribed medications, prevalence of use, contributing factors to misuse/abuse as well as strategies for communities to address these problems.

Medications play an expanding role in health care as we grow older. People are more likely to develop one or more chronic illnesses with advancing age, and appropriate medication can help seniors live longer and more active lives. However, medication use in older adults is also more likely to be associated with safety concerns. In this handout, learn how to get the benefits of medicine, whether prescription or nonprescription, while minimizing and managing the risks.

Fatima Ali, Consultant Pharmacist, Providence manor, MediSystem Pharmacy, gave an overview of Antipsychotic Use in the Elderly in an online presentation to health care professionals in South East Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network on June 13th, 2017.  A copy of the event flyer and link to the presentation, and presentation recording are available.

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network website is a resource page where people can find information on living with RA. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can make it difficult to live a full, healthy life. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage these symptoms — from medications to lifestyle changes. 

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