Drugs are often associated with young demographics, but the data reveals that there is a pattern of substance abuse amongst the baby boomer demographic. They have higher rates of addiction than generations older or younger than them, and this will have to be considered when it comes to public health.
As reported in the Guardian, NHS data shows that the number of older people using addiction services has grown quickly, at a rate much higher than other demographics. Consider that the number of people over the age of 55 using drug treatment services has risen almost 800 percent over the past 15 years, with the most common drug used is cannabis.
One of the reasons behind this drug use is tied back to alcohol advertising boomers were exposed to as teens, and the open attitude towards recreational drug use. As boomers have aged, they haven’t cut down on their drug and alcohol use as much as other generations have as they got older. Also, while some may have cut down, it’s not uncommon for boomer to have increased their use in retirement.
For more about this trend of drug use amongst baby boomers and why this trend cannot be ignored, read the full article from the Guardian here.