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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2010) Treatment and care for older drug users. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

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'Drug problems have no age limits' -- This special review published alongside the 2010 Annual report, reveals why drug use is no longer simply a ‘youth phenomenon’.

Europe is experiencing a pronounced ageing of its population, around a quarter of which will be aged 65 or over by 2050. Statistics published today show that Europe’s drug-using population is also ageing and that meeting the needs of older drug users is a growing issue for treatment services. This is particularly the case in western countries which saw the EU’s first heroin epidemics in the 1980s and 1990s.

Table of contents:
• Introduction
• Setting the scene: ageing and drug use in Europe
• Ageing and problem drug use
• Drug use, health and social characteristics of older problem drug users in Europe
• Responses to older problem drug users: policies, treatment and care
• Overall findings


Date
2010
Call No
Ref. EMCDDA
Pages
36 p.
Publisher
Publications Office of the European Union
Corporate Creators
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication
Luxembourg
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 4914 (Available)
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