The NSDUH Report December 29, 2009: Illicit Drug Use among Older Adults

An estimated 4.3 million adults aged 50 or older, or 4.7 percent of adults in that age range, had used an illicit drug in the past year, based on data from 2006 to 2008. Marijuana use was more common than nonmedical use of prescription-type drugs for adults aged 50 to 54 and those aged 55 to 59 (6.1 vs. 3.4 percent and 4.1 vs. 3.2 percent, respectively), but among those aged 65 or older, nonmedical use of prescription-type drugs was more common than marijuana use (0.8 vs. 0.4 percent). Marijuana use was more common than nonmedical use of prescription-type drugs among males aged 50 or older (4.2 vs. 2.3 percent, respectively), but among females, the rates of marijuana use and nonmedical use of prescription-type drugs were similar (1.7 and 1.9 percent).



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Date Added: 1/15/10
Inventory #: NSDUH09-1229

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