Substance Abuse Among Older Adults: A Guide for Social Service Providers

Chapters 2 and 3: Alcohol and Use and Abuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

About the Course:

Alcohol explains the drinking practices and problems among older adults. Use and Abuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications describes the patterns of use and the risk factors for misuse and abuse of Psychoactive drugs. This course covers Chapters 2 and 3 only.

Journal/Publisher:

SAMHSA

Publication Date:

2000

Author

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social service providers, especially social workers and nurses who seek knowledge about substance abuse among adults over 60. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the relationship of alcohol to aging.

  2. Identify the challenges of classifying drinking practices and problems among older adults.

  3. Explain the risk factors concerning misuse of alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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