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Substance Use Disorder in the Older Adult

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the participant to identify substance use disorder in the older adult.


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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. List five (5) potential indicators of substance abuse.
  2. List four (4) triggers for substance abuse in the older adult.
  3. Identify three (3) screening tools used to assess the level of risk for drug and alcohol use in the older adult.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge about substance use disorders in the older adult by passing a quiz with 85% or greater accuracy.


Nancy Slattery BSN, RN

Nancy has over 32 years of nursing experience working in the behavioral health field including inpatient addiction treatment and case management. She has developed continuing education programs for clinical staff related to mental health and addiction. Nancy is an integral member of a multidisciplinary Behavioral Health team. She has revised the Safety plan and Depression assessment tool and then delivered the finalized workflow to all clinical teams. She has participated in a webinar with the Medical Director and Pharmacist for an external audience targeting the opioid epidemic. She acts as subject matter expert for all teams regarding behavioral health workflows and clinical content.

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Substance Use Disorder in the Older Adult


Substance use disorder (SUD) among older adults has been underestimated, under identified, underdiagnosed, and lacks appropriate treatment interventions. This educational activity for nurses discusses risk factors, recognition of SUD in an older adult and intervention strategies, including handling of suspected overdose.

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