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Drug and alcohol abuse rising among the elderly

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - Substance abuse is in the spotlight and when we talk about Vermont's opiate problem we generally speak of young people caught in the grip of addiction. But seniors are not immune. Drug and alcohol abuse among the elderly is of increasing concern.

Dr. Susan Wehry is a geriatric psychiatrist and the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.
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