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. 

This fact sheet covers screening and identification, diagnosis and management strategies of alcohol misuse and dependence in older adults.

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 review explored patterns of illicit substance abuse among the elderly, drugs of abuse, how to recognize and treat illicit substance abuse in the elderly.

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 first report of the Older Persons’ Substance Misuse Working Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists reviews risk factors, effects and complications, assessment, treatment and service models.

This article was written for family physicians and gives an overview of epidemiology, pharmacology of alcohol and aging, adverse effects of excessive alcohol use, identifying alcohol problems in older adults, clinical management and treatment options.

This article discusses trends related to substance abuse in older adults, challenges in identifying substance users and recommendations for social workers.

The authors provide a concise overview on why age specific approaches to managing substance abuse are needed.

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