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Retirement and the Hidden EpidemicThe Complex Link Between Aging, Work Disengagement, and Substance Misuse  and What To Do About It$
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Peter A. Bamberger and Samuel B. Bacharach

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199374120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374120.001.0001

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Retirement and Drug Abuse/Misuse

Retirement and Drug Abuse/Misuse

(p.85) Chapter 6 Retirement and Drug Abuse/Misuse
Retirement and the Hidden Epidemic

Peter A. Bamberger

Samuel B. Bacharach

Kathleen A. Briggs

Meira Ben-Gad

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses other forms of substance abuse (i.e., illicit drugs and prescription medications) in late life, in general, and in relation to retirement, in particular. Drawing from the results of the authors’ own 10-year study as well as from other studies, the chapter seeks to answer such questions as the following: How widespread is drug abuse/misuse in the older population, and what are the consequences of such behavior for individuals, their families, and society? What individual characteristics and demographic factors (e.g., age) might influence the use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs in late life? And can factors related to retirement (bridge employment, age at retirement) be identified as affecting individuals’ vulnerability to abusing substances other than alcohol?

Keywords:   prescription drugs, illicit drugs, prevalence of drug misuse, risk factors, age, bridge retirement

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