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Ageing cohort of drug users

Read a report from Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)

In the report, the ACMD describes the changing age profile; provides an overview of the challenges faced by this ageing cohort in the UK; explains why current service regimen are not meeting the needs of this group and makes recommendations for practise and policy.

The ACMD concluded that this ageing cohort of drug users (those over the age of 35 years) now account for a significant proportion of patients in specialist community drug treatment services. Many substance misuse services in the UK do not adequately cater to the needs of this cohort and services will need to adapt to fit to this permitting trend.

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