Many older adults use alcohol, prescription medication, cannabis and other substances to address and cope with issues such as sleep, loneliness, pain or other health issues. This is often done in a way that is not consistent with legal and medical guidelines and can have lasting effects on an individual’s own health, relationships and employment.

What will you learn?

At the end of this overview on Substance Use you will be able to answer:

  • What is substance use, misuse and abuse?
  • What are the signs of substance misuse and abuse?
  • How does aging impact alcohol, prescription medication and cannabis use in older adults?


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