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There are increasing rates of at-risk drinking and use of other drugs among older adults. This has been made worse by COVID stay-at-home restrictions and associated social isolation. This webinar will focus on ways to address risky drinking and other drug use in older adults using the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) framework. Best-practices for screening and identification of late-life substance abuse, and brief motivational intervention strategies targeting those who misuse substances, will be reviewed. For those in need of more intensive treatment, key recommendations included in the recently-published SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #26: Treatment of Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults will be highlighted, including strategies for engaging problem substance users and use of evidence-based treatments.

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