Older adults in substance use disorder treatment rising at higher rate than younger adults

The number and proportion of older adults admitted to substance use disorder treatment facilities between 2000 and 2017 increased substantially compared to younger adults, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
“While it has been estimated that 4.4 million older adults may need treatment for SUDs by 2020, their actual use of services has not been documented,” Peter Jongho Na, MD, MPH, of the department of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote.
Na and fellow researchers sought to examine reasons for increased admissions to SUD

The number and proportion of older adults admitted to substance use disorder treatment facilities between 2000 and 2017 increased substantially compared to younger adults, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
“While it has been estimated that 4.4 million older adults may need treatment for SUDs by 2020, their actual use of services has not been documented,” Peter Jongho Na, MD, MPH, of the department of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote.
Na and fellow researchers sought to examine reasons for increased admissions to SUD