Elderly drug use recognized as epidemic
Elderly drug use has been recognized as a hidden epidemic on an international scale. This is stated in a press release from the International Narcotics Control Board.
The organization's experts warned that as the population ages, the vulnerability of older people to drug use and drug addiction increases. The document notes that over the past decade, older people have increased the use of pain relievers, tranquilizers, benzodiazepines and sedatives. At the same time, it is noted that research on drug use often does not include people over 65 years of age.
“The [COVID-19] pandemic has caused great harm to the health and well-being of older people. However, there is also a latent epidemic of drug use that has hit this population group, ”said committee chairman Cornelis de Joncher.
Earlier it was reported that dozens of young White House employees were suspended or fired after they confessed to smoking marijuana in states where it is allowed. When hiring, future employees were promised that they would turn a blind eye to the facts of using marijuana in the past. However, after the young people honestly indicated in the documents that they used drugs, they were asked to write a letter of resignation or transferred to remote work.