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Illegal Drug Use Increases Among Senior Adults

May 31st, 2010 · No Comments

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) states that the number of older adults using drugs will increase in the next two decades. It has been predicted that by the year 2020, the number of persons needing treatment for a substance use disorder will double among persons aged 50 or older as the baby boom generation moves into older adulthood.

Illicit drug use is associated with numerous health and social problems, and age-related physiological, psychological, and social changes make older adults more vulnerable to the detrimental effects of illicit drug use.

NSDUH defines illicit drugs as marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), inhalants, hallucinogens, heroin, or prescription-type drugs used nonmedically. Nonmedical use is defined as the use of prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives that were not prescribed for the respondent by a physician or used only for the experience or feeling they caused.

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World No Tobacco Day

May 31st, 2010 · No Comments

The American Lung Association joins the World Health Organization (WHO) to observe World No Tobacco Day on Monday, May 31, to bring attention to the global epidemic of tobacco use among women, and the harmful effects of tobacco industry marketing targeting women and girls.

Tobacco use takes an enormous toll on women with more than 170,000 American women dying each year from smoking-caused disease. Recent public health data show lung cancer death rates for some women are still rising at a time when death rates for other kinds of cancer in women are declining. In addition, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, now kills more women than men.

“The tobacco industry has a long and shameful history of targeting women and children,” said Mary H. Partridge, National Board Chair of the American Lung Association. “The most recent example is R.J. Reynolds’ Camel No. 9 cigarettes, a pink-hued version that one newspaper dubbed ‘Barbie Camel’ because of marketing that appealed to girls. Advertised as ‘available in stiletto’ with promotional giveaways of flavored lip glosses and pink purses, it seems clear who R.J. Reynolds was targeting.”

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