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date: 18 June 2019

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There are a substantial and growing number of older adults who misuse alcohol, psychoactive prescription drugs, and/or other substances. The emerging literature on the cohort of ageing adults indicates that they are continuing to use alcohol and psychoactive prescription medications at a higher rate than previous generations. With the global increase in substance use into later life, the refinement of evidence-based techniques to identify potential problems and provide early intervention services is crucial to meeting the needs of this growing population. This chapter provides background on the extent of the problem, guidelines for alcohol and psychoactive medication use, and methods for screening and providing early interventions improve the lives of older adults who misuse alcohol and/or psychoactive medications and drugs.

Keywords: at-risk drinking, psychoactive prescription medication misuse, substance-related problems, screening, brief interventions, evidence-based practices

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