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Saving a “Lost Generation”: The Need to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Midlife

Blog post by Dr. Nora Volkow (NIDA Director) and Dr. George Koob (NIAAA Director) - originally posted on the Collaborative Research on Addiction web site
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Elevated Rates of Drug Abuse Continue for Second Year

Illicit drug use in the United States in 2010 was at its highest level since 2002, according to the most recent report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. A rise in marijuana use drove the increase. A favorable trend of falling cocaine use continued.

Substance Abuse Among Older Adults

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Understanding and responding to drug abuse among America’s aging population becomes more urgent as a growing percentage of baby boomers enter the over-50 age bracket.

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