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Crome, Ilana and Dar, Karim and Janikiewicz, Stefan and Rao, Tony and Tarbuck, Andrew (2011) Our invisible addicts. First report of the older persons’ substance misuse working group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Royal College of Psychiatrists, London .

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Both alcohol and illicit drugs are among the top ten risk factors for mortality and morbidity in Europe and substance misuse by older people is now a growing public health problem. Between 2001 and 2031, there is projected to be a 50% increase in the number of older people in the UK. The percentage of men and women drinking more than the weekly recommended limits has also risen, by 60% in men and 100% in women between 1990 and 2006 (NHS Information Centre, 2009a). Given the likely impact of these two factors on health and social care services, there is now a pressing need to address substance misuse in older people.

This report has brought together a group of health professionals with expertise in substance misuse in older people, whose remit it has been to develop the existing knowledge base according to the following terms of reference:
• examining the nature and extent of substance misuse in older people
• identifying precipitants and complications
• highlighting best-practice guidance
• exploring training opportunities
• developing future strategy, encompassing clinical service provision and developments, training and education, research, and policy.


Date:2011
Pages:62 p.
Publisher:Royal College of Psychiatrists
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Problem drugs and alcohol use
T Demographic characteristics > Elderly / Older person
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol disorder > Alcohol use
A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Drugs and alcohol use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Drugs and alcohol effects and consequences
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