Baby Boomers Still Use Drugs
Long gone are the 1960s days of flower power and counterculture hippies, but Baby Boomers are still using drugs. However, the drugs of choice have changed. Prescription drugs such as Adderall, Prozac, and Vicodin have taken the place of recreational drugs such as LSD and Mescaline.
Why Boomers Take so Many Prescription Drugs
If you want statistics, sites such as SAMSHA, Forbes, DrugAbuse, NPR, etc. provide detailed information on data collection, and how it was concluded as to why boomers use drugs in record numbers.
If you prefer something short and sweet, I will answer this in a few sentences. The gist of it goes something like this:
As the baby boomer generation ages and retires, they find themselves either in pain or lonely. As they decline in years, resorting to alcohol and prescription drugs relieves these ailments. Unfortunately, combining alcohol and prescription drugs may result in an unpleasant outcome, but baby boomers indulge anyway.
There you have it in a nutshell. Aging, injured, and ill boomers escape through drugs like Xanax, Zoloft, and Oxycodone instead of expanding their minds with hallucinogens as they did in their youth.
The percentages of boomers using prescription drugs.
- The vast majority of Americans age 50+ (85%) say they have taken a prescription drug in the past five years, and three-fourths (76%) say they are currently taking at least one prescription drug on a regular basis.
- Women (79%) are somewhat more likely to say they are taking a prescription drug than men (71%).
- Americans age 65+ (87%) are even more likely to say they take a prescription drug on a regular basis than those between the ages of 50-64 years (67%).
- Those who say they are currently taking prescription drugs regularly say they take on average four different prescriptions drugs daily.
Illicit Cannibis Remains Popular with Boomers
Cannibis, the popular weed of the 60s, remains high on the list of ways to get high, albeit not as popular as prescription drugs.
According to SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over 3 million adults over 50 have smoked (illicit) pot at some time in the last year. (I am still pondering how the study was conducted, as answering in the affirmative could render one in prison.)
The positive side of these statistics is knowing that these pot smokers are fearless and willing to go against the status quo.
Boomers have been told since childhood that marijuana is taboo, and it remains a controversial subject in the United States.
In spite of that, the over 50 set demonstrates their freedom to make choices by taking the risk to buy an illicit drug.
Legal Medicinal Marijuana Saves Lives
Not all marijuana is illegal. Twenty-six states currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. The interesting thing to note is that in states where health issues are managed with medicinal marijuana, death by prescription pain killers drop by 25%.
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Boomers Have Bought into the System
Our generation, the boomers, who questioned authority and rebelled against the establishment, have bought into the system. They’ve allowed big pharma to turn them into opioid drug addicts.
Baby boomers have chosen to allow doctors and pharmaceutical companies to be in charge of their health. This is the complete opposite of Rebel Retirement’s vision to empower boomers. We believe individuals should take charge of their own health, and not run to a doctor for every sniffle, ache, or pain.
However, drug companies are about making money and love when boomers do.
Consider this. Prescription drug spending in the U.S. last year was a whopping 374 billion dollars! That’s a chunk of change that would be lost for prescription drug companies if boomers sought other natural, dietary, or homeopathic solutions to manage their health.
I don’t think Big Pharma would be happy about that!
Baby boomers still use drugs, but their drug of choice is by prescription. Although baby boomers were once considered anti-establishment, they have bought into the medical system as evidenced by their extensive use of prescription drugs. However, many people over the age of 50, use illicit marijuana. Although, not nearly as much as prescribed medications. The benefit to medicinal marijuana, is that it has been shown to save lives.
Rebel Retirees on their quest for optimal health, should consider alternative methods of pain management such as medicinal marijuana or holistic medicine that considers the whole person – body, mind, spirit, and emotions.