|Published online: August 6, 2015||$US5.00|
Estimates of the size of the population of high-risk drug users (HRDU) are needed for planning services. The focus has traditionally been on young adults in their 20s and 30s. However, treatment services in Greece are encountering a rapidly increasing number of older users, chiefly heroin users, who were young adults in the 1980s and 1990s when the drug use epidemic was growing. We apply capture-recapture techniques to data from 2004-2013 to estimate the "hidden population" of older users who did not seek treatment in a given year, in order to estimate the numbers of HRDU in the 50-59 and 60+ age groups. These may already represent 10% of the total and are expected to continue to increase substantially as the HRDU population ages, with important implications for service provision.
|Keywords:||High Risk Drug Use, Older Adults, Greece, Capture-Recapture Models|
The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.71-77. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 310.451KB)).
Professor, Department of Economic and Regional Development, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece
Statistician, Greek Reitox Focal Point, University Mental Health Research Institute, Greece