Young drug users down, baby boomers using on the rise

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:14pm

While the number of drug users in America has pretty much stayed the same, what's making big news is the age of the drug user.

To kick off National Recovery Month the national survey on drug use and health released some information showing since 2012 the number of baby boomers ages 50 to 54 who use drugs has almosted doubled. The number of young kids ages 12 to 17 abusing has dropped almost ten percent.

The survey also showed that nationally the number of precription drug users went down.

 Behavioral health experts say this is creating a viscious cycle of drug abuse in America.

David Wheeler, a drug abuse counselor with ETMC Behavioral Health Center explains, "About 90% of what we learn is learned vicariously, through watching others. Whether it's drug use, alcohol use, it tends to be learned behavior that we get from generation to generation.

The best way to end this cycle? Seek treatment. Connie Caldwell with the East Texas Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse says, "Get into some sort of support meetings, whether it's faith-based or traditional AA, there are so many different pathways to recovery."



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