Use and Abuse of Psychoactive Prescription Drugs and Over-the-Counter Medications (TIP 26, Chapter 3)

Substance Abuse Among Older Adults (TIP 26)

About the Course:

Use and Abuse of Psychoactive Prescription Drugs and Over-the-Counter Medications (TIP 26, Chapter 3): Substance Abuse Among Older Adults presents treatment providers with much-needed information about a population that is underdiagnosed and underserved. Substance abuse often goes undetected among adults over 60.  This course addresses the evolution of psychoactive prescribing, patterns of use, risk factors for misuse and abuse of psychoactive drugs, adverse effects, and interactions with other drugs and alcohol.

Course materials are from Chapter 3. Course materials can be accessed either 1) online or 2) by ordering the book free of charge from: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-26-Substance-Abuse-Among-Older-Adults/SMA08-3918

Journal/Publisher:

SAMHSA

Publication Date:

1998

Author

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about use and abuse of psychoactive prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications by older adults. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the history and evolution of the prescribing of psychoactive drugs to older adults.

  2. Discuss patterns of use and risk factors for the misuse and abuse of psychoactive drugs in the older adult population.

  3. Explain the adverse effects of psychoactive drugs and the possible interactions with other drugs and alcohol.

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