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Drug use doubles among U.S. baby boomers and seniors

The use of illegal drugs among Americans in general is holding steady, but it’s surging among middle-aged baby boomers, according to report released Wednesday. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that 9.2 percent of Americans aged 12 and over, or 23.9 million, were current consumers of illicit…

One in 10 U.S. kids have alcoholic parent – study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – More than one in 10 U.S. children live with an alcoholic parent and are at increased risk of developing a host of health problems of their own, according to a new government study released on Thursday. Researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)…

Number of Americans using marijuana up 6.4% over past two years

WASHINGTON — More than half of Americans aged 12 and up drink alcohol, a quarter binge-drank in the past month, and one in 14 teens has used marijuana, a US government agency says in a report on substance abuse. Around 52 percent of 137,436 Americans interviewed in 2008 and 2009…

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