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Older Adults & Substance Abuse


July 11th is World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day. Benzodiazepines are a medicine that is often prescribed for anxiety disorders, insomnia, and seizures. These medicines are what’s called a “controlled substance” which means that they’re only available with a prescription. When used incorrectly, benzodiazepines can be habit forming. Today we’re going to look at substance abuse in older adults. 


Actual use 

According to data from 2018, almost 1 million older adults (age 60+) have a substance use disorder. An estimated 43% of older adults (age 65+) have used alcohol in the past year. Marijuana use in older adults continues to rise; in 2006-2007 0.4% of adults age 65+ reported using marijuana in the past year vs. 2.9% in 2015-2016. Each year about 300,000 nicotine smoking-related deaths occur in people age 65+.  


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