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One foot in the rave: middle-age drug use rising
4/10/2012 9:03:20 AM

Illicit drug use among over-50s has risen sharply as the greying hippie generation ages.

They were the flower children of the Sixties who turned on, tuned in and dropped out. Four decades on, older but not necessarily wiser, they are still getting stoned on a regular basis.
Illicit drug use among the over-50s has risen tenfold since the mid-Nineties as the hippie generation has become the bus pass generation. Researchers say the growth of drug use among the middle aged and elderly has been long suspected but never investigated and its effects on the ageing brain are unknown.

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