Dr Mini Sharma1*, Dr. Parvaiz Alam2, Dr. Shiv Prasad3, Dr. Dinesh Kataria4 and Dr. Nitin B. Raut5

Background: Opioid use is one among the major substance of use in Indian population which is not only seen in younger age group but rather is an upcoming concern in the elderly population as well. Opioid agonist treatment for opioid use disorder is a better way of management, among which buprenorphine is a safer option. Despite, being an important area of health concern, opioid use is poorly studied in the geriatric population.
Objective: To study the clinical and socio-demographic profile of elderly patients with opioid use disorder on agonist treatment attending a tertiary care teaching institute of urban Delhi.
Method: A retrospective study was done in an OPD based opioid treatment centre of a tertiary care hospital in Delhi to analyze the socio-demographic, clinical profile, pattern of opioid use disorder and opioid agonist treatment (Buprenorphine) in elderly Indian population over a year. The data collected was further analyzed for descriptive and analytic statistics using SPSS version 23.0.
Results: A total of 32 subjects of age > 60years, with predominant male population having mean age of 63.6years we seen. They had heroin use by inhalation route as a major opioid use. The main source of referral was by friends and self with significant medical and psychiatric comorbidities that was seen in the elderly group. An average dose of 2.34mg of Buprenorphine was found to effectively manage the geriatric opioid use disorder.
Conclusion: Opioid Used Disorder is common in Geriatric population and is often associated with both psychiatric and medical co-morbidities. Opioid agonist treatment is an effective approach in management of elderly cases of opioid use disorder.
Declaration of Interest : None

Keywords: elderly Indian population, opioid use disorder, Buprenorphine

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