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Substance use disorders in older people 

Substance use disorders in older people
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Substance use disorders in older people
Author(s):

Henry O’Connell

and Brian Lawlor

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0199
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date: 21 September 2019

This chapter is divided into three main sections, focussing respectively on alcohol use disorders (AUDs), medication use disorders (MUDs), and use of illegal substances and nicotine, in older people. In each section we focus in detail on definitions and diagnosis, epidemiology, aetiology, clinical features, investigations, screening, management, and prognosis. More is known about AUDs in older people, hence this section is the longest, but MUDs in older people is also a significant problem and abuse of illegal drugs may become increasingly important in future years.

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