Study Finds Aging Boomers Enjoy Getting High

By Luke Walker 12/27/11

Report finds baby boomers are likely to use drugs, but due to changes in metabolism are unable to hold their own.

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A research study into the effects of drugs and alcohol in aging Americans has revealed that men and women are increasingly prone to substance abuse, including prescription and illicit drugs and alcohol. A gradual surge of impaired driving charges against people over fifty highlights the mounting trend and in people born between 1946 and 1964. One in 5 baby boomers in the North Carolina study are abusing drugs and or alcohol, and because they're not as young as they used to be, the effects of the drugs and alcohol are significantly heightened. "The amount I drank could be considered social drinking," 60-year-old study participant Keith Kimbro told the News-Observer. "As the years went on I drank more and I drank more, then I found this wonderful drug called cocaine. With the cocaine, I was able to drink more and drink longer." People from this age demographic consume 30% of all prescribed drugs in the US.

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