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Drug Use After Age 50 Rising

Friday, 06 April 2012 02:13 PM

Maybe it’s another legacy of the Woodstock Generation? New research has found the number of 50- to 64-year-olds who say they have used illicit drugs has increased 10-fold since 1993.
The British study, published in the journal Age and Ageing, found that the lifetime use of pot, amphetamines, cocaine and LSD among adults in that age group has significantly increased over the past two decades. It is also much higher than among adults over 65. In addition, city dwellers were more likely to report drug use than the average.
Researchers analyzed data on illicit drug use from two household surveys involving about 2,500 people. They found marijuana was the most frequently drug used -- reported by 11.4 percent of people aged 50-64 (10 times as many as in 1993). Among older folks, 1.7 percent had smoked pot.
Inner-city Londoners in both groups reported higher usage – 42.8 percent of the 50-64 set and 9.4 percent of the older crowd. What’s more 9 percent of inner-city residents reported use within the past 12 months.
Use of other illicit drugs was less common, researchers found. Lifetime amphetamine use had increased substantially although recent reported use remained uncommon. Tranquiliser use showed more stability.
"The key message of this paper [is] that illicit drug use will become a more common feature in older generations over the next 1-2 decades,” said lead researcher Robert Stewart, from King's College London. “One particular issue is that we really know very little about the effects of drugs like cannabis in older people but will need to work fast if research is to keep up with its wider use at these ages."

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