Substance Use and Aging

From the May 10, 2001 Symposium

Older adults' general physical and psychological vulnerability is among the highest of any population, and their vulnerability to the misuse of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) is equally high.

Yet older adults' access to substance use disorder treatment services and related resourcesand their ability to make use of the services that are availableis among the lowest of any population in this country.

In May of 2001, a multidisciplinary consortium of agencies concerned with substance-use issues among older adults brought together a wide variety of experts. 

Chaired by top leadership from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (now the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse);  the Chicago Department of Public Health, Office of Substance Abuse Policy;  and the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer center, the Committee that sponsored this Symposium also included leadership from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department on Aging, and the Chicago Housing Authority.