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 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.

This article points to the need for training in age-related aspects of addiction, assessment and treatment to provide appropriate care for older individuals.

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 article includes information on the prevalence of substance use among older adults in America, types of drugs commonly abused, ways in which older adults are more vulnerable to the effects of mood-altering substances, risk factors for substance use, screening, assessment and interventions.

The author describes the consequences of substance abuse in older adults, comorbidities, challenges in diagnosis and evidence-based treatment approaches for this population.

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.

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