The Cox News Service reports that, “The generation that once celebrated sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll as a rite of passage is carrying substance abuse into retirement, says a just-released U.S. government survey.”
Illicit drug use shot up 116 percent during the past five years for Americans between the ages of 55 and 59, according to a 2007 study by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
In that age group, 4.1 percent of those queried said they had used illicit drugs within the previous month, up from 1.9 percent in 2002.
Similarly, 5.7 percent of those between the ages of 50 and 54 reported using illicit drugs, up from 3.4 percent in 2002, a 68 percent increase. –> Read the full story