Study: Marijuana Use Has Doubled Among Middle-Aged Adults

MARIJUANA USE AMONG middle-aged adults has doubled over the last decade.

According to a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 9 percent of adults aged 50 to 65 have used the drug at least once in the last year, and 2.9 percent of adults aged 65 and older have done the same – twice as many as the 4.5 percent of those 50-65 and far more than the 0.4 percent of those 65 and older who said the same 10 years prior.

Researchers looked at the survey responses of 17,608 adults aged 50 and older from the 2015 and 2016 administrations of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and compared it to similar information from 2006 and 2007 – a period that has seen major changes in legal and social acceptance of the drug.

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