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3 million people who are 12 years old and above used prescription drugs non-medically in 2014. A significant number of elderly people suffer from substance-related disorders. Geriatric addictionology is a new field of research that shows substance abuse among the elderly. In the past years, the study revealed that substance use among the elderly is as high as 17% and expected to double by the year 2020. Therefore, the trend in substance use calls for increasing the need for additional health care services for the geriatric population (West, Severtson, Green, & Dart 2015). We should promote awareness to prevent prescription drug abuse and misuse among the elderly (Outlaw, Marquart, Roy, Luellen, Moran, Willis & Doub 2010). The geriatric population will gain support and services needed if more training and emphasis on more competent practitioners in the mental health and medical fields in the areas of substance abuse and gerontology is done.4 Aims and Objectives of the Study There has be...

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