Number of over 40s in UK opiate treatment triples

A report from the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has identified that increasing numbers of people aged over 40 accessed treatment for addiction between 2006 and 2018. The rise, from 25,000 to 75,000, has been attributed to long-term use of drugs among people who then remain in addiction treatment rather than to an increased uptake among older people. The report also highlights the increasingly complex health needs of older opiate users, stating that treatment services need to adapt their services to work effectively with older people.