Opioids, Benzodiazepines and the Elderly: A pocket guide

Opioids, Benzodiazepines and the Elderly: A pocket guide
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What Doctors Need to Know

Screening and Identification

Alcohol Consumption History

  • Ask all elderly patients at baseline, annual physical
  • Elicit a specific weekly consumption
  • Convert patient’s response into standard drinks: 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of spirits.
  • Ask about patients’ maximum consumption on one day in the past one to three months
  • Physical examination and screen for infections and any concurrent medical disorders ( eg anemia, UTI, chest )


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