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Increase in Baby Boomers using drugs

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Do as I say not as I do.  According to a recent national survey, for the third straight year there has been in increase in the number of baby boomers using drugs.  

The same study found that among young teens drug use is down for the third straight year.

More than four percent of Baby Boomers between the age of 50 and 59 reported using illegal drugs in the past month.  The most popular drug among the baby boomers is marijuana.

There were almost 70,000 people involved in the survey.  For teens between ages of 12 and 17 drug use has decreased.  

Peggy Haecker is the Executive Director for the Benton Franklin Substance Abuse Coalition.  She said,  "The kids are using less and the baby boomers are still using and because of that perception that it's just marijuana with the baby boomers."

Haecker said marijuana use peaked in the 1960's and 1970's, which was a time when many baby boomers were teens.

She said the drug is much stronger today and said that in our area there has been a significant increase in adults that are seeking drug treatment.