Prevention Tactics Vol. 5, Iss. 1
Topic: Cultural Competence and Responsiveness, The Elderly
Older people are less likely to abuse substances, except perhaps prescription psychoactive medications. However, aging bodies are more susceptible to the effects of alcohol and other drugs. Very few treatment programs or public health initiatives are directed at older populations, but the evidence suggests that elders benefit just as much as—if not more than—younger people from treatment programs.