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Older Adults and Substance Abuse


There is a growing trend among older adults in regards to at risk use for alcohol, prescription medication and illicit drugs.  It is estimated that there are 78 million baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) in the United States.  The number of older adults in need of substance abuse treatment is predicted to increase from 1.7 million in 2001 to 4.4 million in 2020.

As healthcare moves towards becoming more integrated with behavioral health there is an opportunity for screening and identification of substance abuse.  Screening, ideally could be a routine part of routine care. This could help diminish the lack of awareness that is often a barrier to identification of this issue.

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The Number of Medicaid Enrollees Receiving Substance Abuse Services expected to Skyrocket


The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has resulted in  younger beneficiaries with needs that are different than traditional medicaid recipients. A major difference is that the group of new medicaid enrollees is estimated to have much larger rates of substance use and mental health disorders.

Theoretically, this could lead to more people having access to and benefiting from treatment.  Is the system prepared?

Please click the following link for the full article: http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/2793022-151/new-young-medicaid-enrollees-are-fitter-but-many