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Effectiveness Bank additions 30 April 2020
How can substance use disorders be prevented, assessed, and managed in older people? The government department for health policy in Canada funded a set of four guidelines, tasking experts to agree how clinicians should respond to problems with alcohol, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and opioids in this neglected segment of the population.

A guide to alcohol

A guide to benzodiazepines

A guide to cannabis

A guide to opioids

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