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South Carolina drug related charges compared to age demographics

The Wall Street Journal has issued a report showing that more elderly Americans than ever are using illegal narcotics. This has resulted in more aging Americans getting arrested for drug-related crimes, and more aging Americans are dying of drug overdoses. Still, when one considers that in its youth, the baby boomer generation had the highest levels of drug use compared to other age demographics, this fact should not be surprising.

Social scientists tend to agree that comparing one generation's drug use to that of another -- when that generation was the same age -- is difficult because unique historical factors influence each generation differently. For example, a group of elderly individuals from the 1800s would be far less likely to abuse prescription drugs than a group of elderly individuals from today. That said, one researcher claims to have untangled the data to reveal how being from a particular birth cohort -- like the baby boomer generation -- could affect an individual's drug use habits.

The professor's research indicated that members of the baby boomer generation have twice the risk of dying from an accidental drug overdose than the preceding Silent Generation, and they have a 1.67 times higher chance of narcotics overdose than Generation X members. As for marijuana use, baby boomers lead the pack. Meanwhile, it is millennials born during the 80s who top the charges in terms of prescription drug addiction.

South Carolina residents accused of drug-related charges will have the same rights and privileges under the law no matter what generation they happen to be from. They will also have the right to a criminal defense and will not be found guilty until proved to be otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: Wall Street Journal, "How Scientists Compare Drug Use Across Generations" Zusha Elinson, Mar. 15, 2015

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