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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

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
Accession Number:HRB 4914 (Available)
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Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Social support
T Demographic characteristics > Elderly / Older person
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
VA Geographic area > Europe

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