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Clin Geriatr Med. 2018 Feb;34(1):117-129. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2017.08.005. Epub 2017 Oct 7.

Prevention and Screening of Unhealthy Substance Use by Older Adults.

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1
Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, BCD 615, New York, NY 10016, USA. Electronic address: Benjamin.Han@nyumc.org.
2
Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA.

Abstract

The number of older adults who engage in unhealthy substance use is expected to increase substantially to levels never seen before. Older adults, owing to physiologic changes in aging, are at high risk for the adverse effects of alcohol and illegal drug use. Screening and prevention can help older patients to be better informed of the risks of substance use, and reduce high-risk behaviors and its potential negative outcomes. The authors review the prevalence and trends of substance use and their potential impact on health outcomes, and discuss an approach to screening and prevention for older adults.

KEYWORDS:

Assessment tools; Older adults; Prevention; Screening tools; Substance use

PMID:
29129212
PMCID:
PMC5718360
[Available on 2019-02-01]
DOI:
10.1016/j.cger.2017.08.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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