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Substance Abuse in the Elderly

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The percentage of Americans living beyond age 70 is increasing, and there's growing concern that these people are also at risk for problems related to drinking alcohol and prescription drug misuse. As the body ages, tolerance to alcohol decreases. At the same time, many people often have multiple prescriptions for medications that, when combined, can cause problems.

This program profiles older Americans dealing with these issues, and shows some innovative programs created specifically for the elderly. Experts include James Campbell, MD, Chairperson for Family Medicine and Director of the Geriatric Center at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and Carol Colleran Egan, CAP, ICADC, Director of Older Adult Services for Hanley-Hazelden Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Production date: 2000
28 minutes 40 seconds
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