Substance use is increasing among older Americans


US News & World Report speaks on the rising concern of opioid use, specifically among older Americans. The critical point in these findings suggests a need for increased screening for substance use disorders among older adults, particularly the demographic of age 55+, as the steadily rising rates are a growing concern.


"You can still use recreational drugs at an older age. You can have STDs at an older age, but we don't think about it, I think, because of stereotypes about what it means to be an older adult," -Maryann Mason, associate professor of emergency medicine at Northwestern University's Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, in Chicago.


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