Man with a drink Many adult children are in the dark when it comes to their parents' use of drugs and alcohol. (Photo: Getty Images)

You might be able to lecture your kids about the risks of substance abuse, but it might not be so easy confronting your elderly parents when they are abusing alcohol, drugs or prescription medications, according "The Tough Talk: Aging Parents and Substance Abuse," a new survey by WellCare Health Plans Inc.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.