Sergey Igumnov, Anna Nenastyeva, Ekaterina Grinevich
The article provides the review of the current approaches to the problem of drug abuse in people of advanced age (65 and more). Method of research. Content analysis of PubMed, Medline and PsycINFO resources, using search terms: “neuroleptics”, “antidepressants”, “anticonvulsive drugs”; “abuse”, “non-medical use”, “addiction”, individual drug classes, individual substances, various combinations of substances, metaanalyses of the research of “drug abuse” in people of advanced aging people. The results of the content analysis show that any medicine, which can cause psychoactive effect of any kind, for example relaxation, sedation, intoxication, euphoria, increase of energy, can become an object of abuse. Conclusion. 1. Psychotropic drugs often have the potential for abuse by aging people with addiction. 2. Abuse of psychotropic substances significantly alters the clinical picture of an already formed drug dependence. 3. The problem requires new therapeutic approaches and complicates statistical processing and analysis of the existing problem. 4. Physicians who prescribe psychotropic drugs to aging people should be well aware of the potential risks of their use.