August 19, 2009

Baby Boomers Still Grounded In Hippy Habits

According to U.S. government statistics released on Wednesday, the baby boomer generation is still turning on to illegal drugs, doubling the rates of illicit drug use for the older generation.

The number of people between ages 50 to 59 that admitted to using illicit drugs in the past year doubled from 5.1 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2007, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The rate among other age groups is the same or decreasing.

"These findings show that many in the Woodstock generation continue to use illicit drugs as they age," SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick said in a statement.

"This continued use poses medical risks to these individuals and is likely to put further strains on the nation's health care system -- highlighting the value of preventing drug use from ever starting."

Baby boomers are the post World War II generation born between 1946 and 1964.

The study came from a survey, consisting of 16,656 men and women, was taken in 2002 through 2007 by the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.


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