Baby Boomer Drug Use

Forty years after Woodstock, some baby boomers haven't let go of one part of the 1960s: getting high on illicit drugs.

The percentage of Americans age 50-59 who reported use of illicit drugs within a year nearly doubled between 2002 and 2007, from 5.1 percent to 9.4 percent, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported Wednesday.

The agency said that percentage rose because baby boomers -- born between 1946 and 1964 -- continued to use drugs as they got older.

SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick said the continued drug use "is likely to put further strains on the nation's health care system."

The rates of illicit drug use among all other age groups stayed the same or decreased over the five-year period, the agency said.

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  • by Hippie Location: Nashville on Aug 19, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    Feeling Groovy!
  • by Not Suprised Location: nc on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    I know plenty of old timers that are wake and bake potheads. And Sam, as long as there are drugs to be had the youth, middle aged, and elderly will all use them, only way to end the drug problem is to cut off the supply. A little pot never hurt anybody anyway, most stoners just sit in the corner and giggle.
  • by sam Location: farmville on Aug 19, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    These people need to grow up. How do you expect the younth of this country to stay away from drugs when the old is druggies.

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