Peru Substance Use and Older Adults 5.31.23

May 31, 2023

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU)


Program Overview:  

This activity will provide healthcare professionals information regarding the impact of substance use on patients age 50 and over. The training focuses on the changing face of older Americans, the impact of various drugs and alcohol on older adults, the difficulties with applying the diagnostic criteria from DSM-5 due to age-related issues, Risk and Protective Factors for Substance Use in Aging, and Create an Environment Responsive to Older Adults. 


Target Audience

Physicians, Nurses, Advanced Practice Providers, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Pharmacists

Learning Objectives

  • Review the prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD), opioid use disorder (OUD), and alcohol use disorder (AUD) among older adults
  • Recognize risk factors associated with SUD among older adults
  • Identify common co-occurring SUD and mental health conditions among older adults
  • Discuss screening, diagnosing, and treating SUD for older adults
  • Identify barriers to treatment for older adults with SUD
  • Explain risk and protective factors for older adult
Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/31/2023 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
05/31/2023 - 10:00am EDT
United States

Sarah Bittner, MS

Lori Abbott, MA, LPC


Faculty Disclosure

No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.

Accreditation and credit designation

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh School designates this live activity for a maximum of X.X AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is __ contact hours.


Physician Assistant (AAPA)

The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for ___ AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Social Work (ASWB) 

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 2.0 continuing education credits. 

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