Substance misuse in Vermonters age 65 and older is increasing and the older adult population is continuing to grow. There is an increased need for awareness of unhealthy substance use, identify risks, and treatment and recovery services.
As we age, changes in the body such as lower water content, less-efficient metabolism and excretion and increased brain sensitivity may cause alcohol and other drugs to have a stronger effect.
National data shows that Vermonters 65 and over drink alcohol at higher rates compared to the country overall. This has led to an increase in alcohol use disorders among this population.