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Older Adults and Substance Use Disorders

Originally Presented on February 5, 2014

Substance abuse and medication misuse is becoming a major health concern as the “baby boomers” enter the age of retirement.  This webinar will compare the current generation and the baby boomers’ use of alcohol, illicit drugs and other abused medications.   The difficulty in recognizing substance use/ abuse disorders in older adults will be discussed.  How clinical staff can recognize issues of medication misuse and abuse will be emphasized.  Finally, common screening instruments and treatment approaches for older adults will be reviewed.

(The handouts listed below are the same slides, with two different options for how the slides are displayed)

2 Slides Per Page: (Please note, this will print two slides per page, therefore using a lot of paper and ink, but will be easier to read)

3 Slides Per Page: (These will print out three slides to a page, with lines for notes on the right of the page, but may be a bit more difficult to read due to smaller font.)


ARPS Alcohol-Related Problems Survey
AUDIT Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test
CAGE-AID CAGE Adapted to Include Drugs
DAST Drug Abuse Screening Test
MAST-G Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test - Geriatric Version


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