Survey finds increase in marijuana use among baby boomers

Published: Sep. 12, 2018 at 3:21 PM EDT
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Baby boomers are putting down the crochet needles and picking up the pipe...the marijuana pipe, that is.

According to a national survey on drug use and health, about 9% of adults between 50 and 64 have used marijuana at least once during the 12-month survey period. And for adults over 65, about 3%.

The study, published in the

Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence

, surveyed nearly 18,000 adults across the country and found that the number of cannabis users has doubled over nearly a decade.

One of the authors says that while marijuana use is gaining popularity with older Americans, most aren't newbies when it comes to pot use or other substances. Nearly 5% of middle-age marijuana users abused alcohol and 3.5% misused opioids.

Among older adults, 1.5% abused alcohol and 1.2% misused opioids.