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 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.
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.