SAMHSA Program Aims to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse Among Seniors

To reduce prescription drug abuse among seniors, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is expanding a grant program targeting adults 60 and older who are at risk for or experiencing behavioral health problems. The grant also aims to reduce suicides among this group.

The grants will expand Older Adults Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) programs, Senior Journal reports. The article notes that nearly three in 10 people between the ages of 57 to 85 use at least five prescriptions. SAMHSA is expected to provide $3.56 million in grants. Ten grantees will receive $356,344 for up to 18 months. The article notes that actual amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds. To apply you must be either a current or previous  Older Adult Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) grantee from cohorts FY2002-2008.

For more information, visit SAMHSA’s website.

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    May 3, 2011 at 3:44 AM

    Older adults often have been neurobiologically compromised by non-essential, misprescribed, and excess use of medications for a wide variety of diagnosed and suspected illness. The age factor always plays a role along with genetics and epigenetics. It would appear to me that any studies of the older adults would need to take those and and wide variety of other factors into consideration. This relegates the research studies to very highly individualized and in-depth studies that will require an inordinate, although well-intentioned, amount of time and research into the past including a very thorough medical history. I hope that this is allowed for in the study requirements of those who have conducted such studies in the past.

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