Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 6, Number 7, October 2018
David Oslin, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Dr. Oslin has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
As we age, we are more vulnerable to a lot of things—the same amount of alcohol or the same amount of any of these substances is going to cause more impairment in an older person vs a younger one. As an example, our stability and gait can worsen as we get older, so any substance that affects gait or balance will have a larger effect.