Issue Brief 5: Prescription Medication Misuse and Abuse Among Older Adults

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration on Aging (AoA) commissioned a series of Issue Briefs to address behavioral health issues that are important to older Americans. The Issue Briefs identify key information and opportunities for action that can improve the lives of older people. This Issue Brief offers strategies for education, screening and early interventions for prevention of prescription medication misuse and abuse.