Drug use growing in older people


It’s often thought that drug use is mainly an issue for the young, but the release of a recent report shows that older people are also seeking treatment for alcohol and drug dependence.

The Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2011-12 report found that there were close to 150,000 episodes of treatment for alcohol or drug dependence during the reporting period. Of these nearly 13,000 involved people in the 50 – 59 year old bracket; close to 5,000 involved people 60 and over.

The report shows that workplace drug and alcohol management programs mustn’t solely be aimed at younger people. The report also suggests that if your business has an older workforce, you may not be immune from the issues of drug or alcohol misuse in the workplace.

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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