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Marijuana Use Is on the Rise Among Baby Boomers According to a New Study

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The Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal published a study comparing 2015–2016 data on marijuana users and non-users across age groups to a similar study conducted in 2016–2017, which noted that twice as many “baby boomers” have used marijuana since 2006. Baby boomers are described as individuals born between the years 1946 and 1964. Just 9 percent of adults ages 50 to 64 reported that they used marijuana over the past year, compared to 55 percent indicating they tried it at least once in their lives. Among those older than age 65, 3 percent said they had used it in the past year as compared to 22 percent who stated they used it at least once. Likewise, prevalence of past-year alcohol use disorder, nicotine dependence, cocaine intake, and prescription medication abuse (i.e., opioids, sedatives, tranquilizers) were higher among marijuana users compared to non-users. Read more at the Time magazine article or access the study directly.