Chronic Disease and Health Outcomes of Older Adults with Opioid Use
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: May 2018 - April 2023
Principal Investigator: Han, Benjamin

Older adults over 50 have high rates of substance use that will place increasing demands on the substance use treatment system. This study will use a mixed methods approach to:

  • Describe the prevalence and risk factors for high utilization of acute healthcare, high medical costs, multiple chronic conditions, and mortality among older adults with opioid use disorder
  • Examine staff and patient attitudes, acceptance, and barriers regarding the integration of geriatric models of care into opioid treatment programs
  • Develop and pilot test for feasibility, a geriatric-based care model for geriatric conditions and chronic disease management
Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Related Publications
Han BH, Miyoshi M, Palamar JJ (2020).
Substance use among middle-aged and older lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults in the United States, 2015 to 2017
Journal of General Internal Medicine [Epub 2020 Jun 1]. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-05635-2.

Han BH, Palamar JJ (2020).
Trends in cannabis use among older adults in the United States, 2015-2018
JAMA Internal Medicine, 180 (4), 609-611. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.7517. PMCID: PMC7042817.

Han BH, Moore AA, Ferris R, Palamar JJ (2019).
Binge drinking among older adults in the United States, 2015 to 2017
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 67 (10), 2139-2144. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16071. PMCID: PMC6800799.

Han BH, Tuazon E, Kunins H, Mantha S, Paone D (2019).
Unintentional drug overdose deaths involving cocaine among middle-aged and older adults in New York City
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 198, 121-125. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.01.042. PMCID: PMC6467745.

Han BH, Sherman SE, Palamar JJ (2019).
Prescription opioid misuse among middle-aged and older adults in the United States, 2015-2016
Preventive Medicine, 121, 94-98. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.02.018. PMCID: PMC6399064.

Han BH, Palamar JJ (2018).
Marijuana use by middle-aged and older adults in the United States, 2015–2016
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 191, 374-381. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.07.006. PMCID: PMC6159910.

Han BH, Moore AA, Sherman SE, Palamar JJ (2018).
Prevalence and correlates of binge drinking among older adults with multimorbidity
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 187, 48-54. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.01.038. PMCID: PMC5959772.

Han BH, Sherman S, Mauro PM, Martins SS, Rotenberg J, Palamar JJ (2017).
Demographic trends among older cannabis users in the United States, 2006-2013
Addiction, 112 (3), 516-525. doi: 10.1111/add.13670. PMCID: PMC5300687.