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Substance use a growing concern among the older set

Substance abuse has been very much in the news for several years, with coverage often focused on young people struggling with opioid addiction. But more quietly, older adults in Central Massachusetts and across the nation are also suffering from the misuse of drugs—most commonly alcohol but also prescription medications and even street drugs like heroin. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of Massachusetts residents over age 65 admitted for substance use treatment grew by 27 perc ...

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