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TOPIC: Number of pensioners visiting A&E for cannabis and cocaine poisoning reaches record high

Number of pensioners visiting A&E for cannabis and cocaine poisoning reaches record high 08 Dec 2013 13:45 #1

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Drugs experts warn aging ‘free love generation’ will be an increasing burden on the NHS

Record numbers of pensioners over the age of 65 are requiring hospital treatment following recreational drug use, according to the latest NHS figures.

Nearly 900 men and women visited A&E last year after overdosing on illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines, up from 283 just a decade ago.

More than half of those admissions were for people over the age of 75 – of the generation who would have been in their 20s during the 1960s when experimental drug-taking was at its peak.

Experts have blamed the “free love” generation for the rates tripling in 10 years, and warned that the problem is only going to become more of a burden on public services.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, the National Drug Prevention Alliance’s David Raynes said: “We are getting to the period where people who grew up in the sixties are of that age.

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/number-of-pensioners-visiting-ae-for-cannabis-and-cocaine-poisoning-reaches-record-high-8991396.html



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Number of pensioners visiting A&E for cannabis and cocaine poisoning reaches record high 08 Dec 2013 14:35 #2

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''Burden on public services'' my hat. :roll:

Haven't these people paid their taxes for most of their lives? Of course they have! They haven't always been hippies.

It makes me think of the demonisation cigarette smokers get does this. Smokers pay amounts of tax for their tobacco to fund the NHS, completely, yet they are told they are a 'burden' on it when they need to use it.

(the article got wrong about overdosing on cannabis by the way.....its impossible to overdose on cannabis)
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