Posted on: Tue 29 Aug 2017
When ‘drug addicts’ get mentioned, you could be forgiven for conjuring an image of hoody-wearing youths strung out in an abandoned house, but research coming out last week highlights that not only are rates of drug and alcohol use decreasing in young people, they are dramatically increasing in the over fifties.
Professor Anne Roche from Flinders University is the director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction and joined Jennie Lenman to discuss the issue more. Here’s some of what she had to say:
“We’re seeing really significant decreases in risky alcohol and drug uses amongst young people, and we often overlook that, so there’s a fantastic important downward trend with young people, so the work that we’re doing to get the news out there that risky drinking and and drug use is particularly harmful is getting through [… but] at the same time, we’re seeing the opposite happening with people over fifty.“
Produced by Casey Tonkin
Image source: Torsten Dettlaff