Past-year use of marijuana and hallucinogens by adults 35 to 50 years old continued a long-term upward trajectory to reach all-time highs in 2022, according to the Monitoring the Future (MTF) panel study, an annual survey of substance use behaviors and attitudes of adults 19 to 60 years old. Among younger adults aged 19 to 30, reports of past-year marijuana and hallucinogen use as well as marijuana and nicotine vaping significantly increased in the past five years, with marijuana use and vaping at their highest historic levels for this age group in 2022. The MTF study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and is conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor.
While binge drinking has generally declined for the past 10 years among younger adults, adults aged 35 to 50 in 2022 reported the highest prevalence of binge drinking ever recorded for this age group, which also represents a significant past-year, five-year, and 10-year increase.
A recent article from News-Medical reports a concerning trend in substance abuse among adults aged 35 to 50. The study reveals that marijuana and hallucinogen use, along with binge drinking, have reached their highest levels within this age group. The findings underscore the urgent need for awareness, intervention, and support for those grappling with addiction.
The research, which delves into the evolving landscape of substance misuse, highlights a worrying surge in marijuana and hallucinogen consumption among adults in the 35 to 50 age range. This unexpected rise in usage has coincided with a parallel increase in binge drinking, further highlighting the complex challenges facing this demographic.
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