According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), illicit drug use among the baby boomer generation has increased significantly. Among the illicit drugs described in the survey are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and prescription drugs. SAMHSA has also explained that as many as 26% of boomers have become addicted to cocaine over the last five years, a dramatic and shocking statistic. And what might describe the jump in substance abuse among the boomer generation? Cultural factors, such as growing up during the height of drug use, economic factors, such as the recent recession, and emotional factors such as grief and loss may be behind the surge of drug abuse for this age group.
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