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Action on substance misuse in older people is “imperative,” says college

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 07 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1091
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London

The UK needs to train more psychiatrists specialising in addictions and in old age to treat the “unparalleled” rise in number of baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) seeking help for substance misuse, a new report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists has said.

Deaths related to poisoning by drugs in older people in England and Wales have more than doubled over the past decade, the report said.1 The annual number of alcohol specific deaths in people aged …

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