Baby boomers were into marijuana and the trend hasn’t faded yet among this group. The current generation, on the other hand, finds prescription drugs can give them the addictive high. All this according to a recent survey conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Now in their fifties, the study found that baby boomers still haven’t managed to get rid of the marijuana craze. The United States is currently looking at its highest point in drug use among older people. According to the report for drug use in 2007, “1 in 20 Americans ages 50 to 59 told researchers they had taken illicit drugs in the last month.” More than fifty percent of these people say that they still prefer marijuana and cocaine among others. These were the street drugs that were so popular in their youth.
Old age develops several different aches and pains so that the same baby boomers have just added prescription drugs to their list of preferred addictions. This is according to the findings of a study made by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Today’s drug users
On the other hand, the current generation isn’t too keen on waiting to move into their middle ages to start playing with prescription drugs. The same report from the SAMHSA found that “among teens and adults 12 to 25, one-third of those who use illicit drugs say they recently abused prescription drugs – including painkillers, tranquilizers and stimulants. Among kids 12 to 17, 3.3% had abused prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the last month. Among 12- to 25-year olds, 6% had abused prescription drugs in the last month.”
Prescription drugs are the new “gateway drug,” overthrowing the popularity of marijuana in the United States.
People simply have to shift to more accessible drugs to maintain their addiction. This is why prescription drugs have become the current choice. According to another government report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at the Columbia University, 19% of young people aged 12 to 17 found prescription drugs easier to acquire than cigarettes, liquor and other types of drugs. All they need to do is get their hands on their parents’ medicine cabinets and they can experiment on these drugs. Many got their first supply of these drugs from friends or relatives for free while there are also those who say that a physician prescribed them.
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