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Substance Use Disorders in Late Life

Substance Use Disorders in Late Life CHAPTER 10 Substance Use Disorders in Late Life DAVID W . OSLIN GERIATRJC AND AODICTION PSYCHIATRY UNIVERSITY OF P ENNSYLVAN IA FRED C. BLO W DE PARTMENT OF P SYC HiATRY UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN INTRODUCTION As the number o f o ld e r adults in creases, so too w ill th e ma g nitude of mental health disorders. The public hea lth impact of alcohol dependence, as well as that of o ther s ubstance use d iso rd ers, w ill likel y fo llow thi s trend. In addi tion to increases th a t follow th e grow th of the e lde rl y popu­ lation, th e prevalence of la te-li fe add iction is pred icted to increase beca use o f cohort changes . The curren t coh o rt o f 30- 10 50-year-old people repre­ sents a g ro up who were ra ised during the 1950s and 1960s and as such participa ted in the increased use o f a nd addiction to heroi n, cocai ne, tobacco, and alco hol. Both co ntinu ed s u bstance dependence a nd a his tory of s ubs http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

Substance Use Disorders in Late Life

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Springer Publishing
ISSN
0198-8794
eISSN
1944-4036
DOI
10.1891/0198-8794.19.1.213
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CHAPTER 10 Substance Use Disorders in Late Life DAVID W . OSLIN GERIATRJC AND AODICTION PSYCHIATRY UNIVERSITY OF P ENNSYLVAN IA FRED C. BLO W DE PARTMENT OF P SYC HiATRY UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN INTRODUCTION As the number o f o ld e r adults in creases, so too w ill th e ma g nitude of mental health disorders. The public hea lth impact of alcohol dependence, as well as that of o ther s ubstance use d iso rd ers, w ill likel y fo llow thi s trend. In addi tion to increases th a t follow th e grow th of the e lde rl y popu­ lation, th e prevalence of la te-li fe add iction is pred icted to increase beca use o f cohort changes . The curren t coh o rt o f 30- 10 50-year-old people repre­ sents a g ro up who were ra ised during the 1950s and 1960s and as such participa ted in the increased use o f a nd addiction to heroi n, cocai ne, tobacco, and alco hol. Both co ntinu ed s u bstance dependence a nd a his tory of s ubs

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1999

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