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Do older people ever have substance abuse problems?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Older people

Substance abuse is found in older people, but many hide it.
Alcohol abuse can be a big one, perhaps discovered when the partner who has been "covering" for the active drinker becomes ill or dies. Prescription drug abuse can be a problem also. I imagine as more "baby boomers" grow into "older people, " there will be additional commonly abused substances coming to light.

In brief: Older people

Substance abuse is found in older people, but many hide it.
Alcohol abuse can be a big one, perhaps discovered when the partner who has been "covering" for the active drinker becomes ill or dies. Prescription drug abuse can be a problem also. I imagine as more "baby boomers" grow into "older people, " there will be additional commonly abused substances coming to light.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Elderly subs use

Sure. Most common is alcohol and sedatives.

In brief: Elderly subs use

Sure. Most common is alcohol and sedatives.
Dr. Alan Ali
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