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Cannabis, Nicotine, and Stimulant Abuse in Older Adults 

Cannabis, Nicotine, and Stimulant Abuse in Older Adults
Cannabis, Nicotine, and Stimulant Abuse in Older Adults

Christina A. Brezing

and Frances R. Levin

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date: 01 December 2021

In conjunction with alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, and stimulants are the substances most commonly used by older adults. Little is known about the specific characteristics of older adults who use these substances and how best to screen, identify, and treat these disorders in this population. As we reach the population peak for aging baby boomers, increasing percentages of older adults are using these substances, and developing substance-use disorders is anticipated. Concomitant factors are policy and social changes toward drugs of abuse in the United States. Evidence presented in this chapter represents what is currently known about cannabis, nicotine, and stimulant use and its impact on older adults. However, the use of these substances in older adults is under-studied, and much of the current information is extrapolated from studies of younger and middle-aged adults. This practice represents a large gap in our understanding and a significant opportunity for future research endeavors.

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