Shannon M. Drew, MD, Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Kirsten M. Wilkins, MD, Assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Louis A. Trevisan, MD, Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
As the eldest post-World War II “baby boomers” turn 64 this year, relaxed social attitudes about substance use during their lifetimes may predict an increasing risk for substance use disorders (SUDs) in older Americans. This article describes screening and treatment approaches shown to be most effective for identifying and managing primary SUDs in older patients. Our goal is to help you ask the right questions and provide appropriate care.
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