Drug use has, er, shot up among middle-aged Americans, reports Raw Story
The use of illicit drugs, mostly marijuana, has more than doubled for those aged 50 to 54 since 2002, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. For those aged 55-59, it more than tripled
in the last ten years.
More disturbingly, there's been an uptick in the number of those reporting use of heroin over the past year. Though some good news remains: "binge drinking" is down among teens compared to the first decade of the new millennium.
"Expanding prevention, treatment and support for people in recovery for substance use disorders will be our guide as we work to address emerging challenges," said White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske.
In related news, the use of electronic cigarettes or "e-cigarrettes" has apparently increased
among high-school age Americans.
"The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling," said a Centers for Disease Control spokesperson, speaking to the cigarette's "still unknown" long-term health effects as compared to their non-electronic counterparts.
Via Raw Story and The Huffington Post