Older Adults & Illicit Drug Use

Type of Drug Use Percentage of Adults 50 or Older that Use these Drugs
Marijuana Use 44.9%
Nonmedical Use of Prescription-Type Drugs 33.4%
Other Illicit Drug Use/th> 6.1%
Marijuana Use and Nonmedical Use of Prescription-Type Drugs 6.1%
Marijuana Use and Other Illicit Drug Use 5.5%
Nonmedical Use of Prescription-Type Drugs and Other Illicit Drug Use 0.8%
Marijuana Use and Nonmedical Use of Prescription-Type Drugs and Other Illicit Drug Use 3.2%

Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies. (December 29, 2009). The NSDUH Report: Illicit Drug Use among Older Adults. Figure 1: Type of Illicit Drugs Used in the Past Year among Adults Age 50 or Older Who Used Illicit Drugs in the Past Year: 2006 to 2008. Rockville, MD.

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