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Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults
SUD 101 Core Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview:  While healthcare professionals are often on the front lines of treating substance use disorders, most have limited (if any) training in this area. The SUD 101 Core Curriculum was created to provide a foundation of the current research, resources, and support needed to increase healthcare professionals’ competence and confidence in the care of their patients across the continuum of care. This activity, Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults, is part of the 23-module curriculum. Please see below for a summary of module 19 out of 23:
Module 19 Overview
Title: Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults  

Louis A. Trevisan, M.D., M.Ed., Associate Professor, Adjunct, Yale University School of Medicine

Module Description: Substance Use disorders in Older Adults is a growing problem not only in the United States but throughout the developed world. The Baby Boomer generation, born between 1946 and 1964 is turning 58-76 years old this year. This group is presenting with more Substance Use Disorders and need for substance use treatment now. The use of an artificial cut off age of 65 years of age as the definition of elderly or old is somewhat arbitrary and this will be discussed. The module will look at the prevalence, screening and treatment of tobacco, alcohol, opioids, non-medical use of prescription drugs and illicit opioids as well as stimulants and cocaine, marijuana and non-opioid sedative hypnotic agents. A case vignette will drive the CME portion and elucidate the tenants of the module. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Review the prevalence of substance use disorders in older people. 
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of substance use and misuse in older people.   
  • Recognize the psychopharmacology of substance use disorders in older people.  
  • Assess the relevance and importance of psychotherapeutic intervention in older people.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jan 12, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 PA-CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 Pharmacy Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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