The Older Brain on Drugs: Substances That May Cause Cognitive Impairment

Jenny Rogers, MD; Bonnie S. Wiese, MD; Kiran Rabheru, MD, CCFP, FRCP


Geriatrics and Aging. 2008;11(5):284-289. 

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Opiates are commonly prescribed medications that have high abuse potential with tolerance developing. Although no geriatric population data is currently available, in a 2002 U.S survey, of 6.2 million persons over the age of 12, 4.4 million had used narcotic pain relievers nonmedically.[29] Both acute and chronic opioid use is associated with neuropsychological deficits in executive functions, attention, concentration, recall, visuospatial skills, and psychomotor speed.[30]


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