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Title: Illicit Drug Use in Older Adults: An Invisible Epidemic?
Authors: Ghantous, Ziad
Ahmad, Victoria
Khoury, Rita
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Keywords: Cocaine
Elderly
Heroin
Illicit
Methamphetamine
Misuse
Stimulant
Substance
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: National Library of Medicine
Part of: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume: 38
Issue: 1
Start page: 39
End page: 53
Abstract: 
Illicit drug use/misuse among older adults is understudied, although current trends point to older adults being the fastest-growing segment in the United States and other developed countries. There is a need for further insight into drug use patterns in older adults, who face their own set of socioeconomic, medical, and psychiatric problems. We reviewed the literature for data related to use/misuse of heroin and stimulants (cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines) among people over the age of 40 years. We focused on prevalence rates of use/misuse of these substances, comorbidities, diagnostic challenges, screening tools, and treatment recommendations specific to the geriatric population.
URI: https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/5596
ISSN: 07490690
DOI: 10.1016/j.cger.2021.07.002
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
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