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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Older Adults May See Greater Risk of Substance Abuse

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Adults over 50 who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual may be at greater risk of substance use than those who are heterosexual, according to a new study led by New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU School of Global Public Health.

Substance use adds complexity to caring for older adults, who are undergoing physical changes, are more likely to have chronic diseases, and may take more prescription medications, which can interact with such substances and lead to adverse events. “These age-related changes place older adults at increased vulnerability to the harms of substance use,” said Benjamin Han, M.D., M.P.H., the study’s lead author and an assistant professor

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