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Million plus in Europe‘s 60s generation of ageing drug addicts, report finds | Society | The Guardian.

More older people than ever are experiencing problems with drug addiction. Photograph: Lester Lefkowitz/Corbis

Keith Richards and Ozzy Osbourne may now be clean, but there are a hidden generation of ageing heroin users in their 50s and 60s who have not been able to kick the habit.

The European drugs agency say there are more than a million problem drug users aged over 40 across the EU, including 122,000 in Britain, who dent the widely held perception that drug use is a youth phenomenon.

“In reality, more older people than ever are reporting experience with drugs at some point in their lives and drug problems have no age limits,” said the annual report of the European monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction, published today.

Posted November 11, 2010 by dmacc502 in global, History, London, medicine, Uncategorized

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