Flinders addiction researchers warn of ‘silver tsunami’ for aged care
Flinders University, 31 March 2015
An ageing population increasingly using alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medicine means testing times lie ahead for alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia, say researchers from Flinders University’s National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA). These are among the issues being addressed at NCETA’s national ‘Grey Matters’ conference in Adelaide tomorrow (Wednesday, 1 April). Professor Ann Roche, NCETA Director, said current international estimates indicating the number of older people with alcohol and other drug problems, or requiring treatment for a substance use disorder, will more than double from 2000 to 2020, are likely to be reflected in Australia.