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numbers| Baby Boomer Bakin’ 21 March 2007

Posted by EDITOR in Culture.

% change since 2002 in the number of U.S. teens doing illegal drugs: -15
% change since 2002 in the number of U.S. adults in their fifties doing so: +63

Source: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration



1. talib - 22 March 2007

a 60% increase of people in their fifties doing illegal drugs?! what is the world coming to. but what does “doing” mean? regular use?

2. EDITOR - 22 March 2007

Here is how the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defined it:

“The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) obtains information on nine different categories of illicit drug use: use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants; and the nonmedical use of prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives. In these categories, hashish is included with marijuana, and crack is considered a form of cocaine. Several drugs are grouped under the hallucinogens category, including LSD, PCP, peyote, mescaline, mushrooms, and “Ecstasy” (MDMA). Inhalants include a variety of substances, such as amyl nitrite, cleaning fluids, gasoline, paint, and glue. The four categories of prescription-type drugs (pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives) cover numerous drugs available through prescriptions as well as drugs within these groupings that may be manufactured illegally, such as methamphetamine, which is included under stimulants. Respondents are asked to report only uses of drugs that were not prescribed for them or drugs they took only for the experience or feeling they caused; therefore, over-the-counter drugs and legitimate uses of prescription drugs are not included.”

For more, check out: http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k5NSDUH/2k5results.htm#Ch2

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