Baby Boomers Struggling with Prescription Overdoses while Gen Y Overdosing on Heroin.
Based on the latest public health research, it might be said that every generation literally picks its own poison. Researchers at Columbia School of Public Health have published a new paper which explores the relationship between generational demographics and drug overdose.
Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, it was found that individuals born between 1947 and 1964 –
the Baby Boom Generation -experienced excess risks of prescription opioid overdose death compared to other age groups.
Meanwhile, a younger cohort born between 1979 and 1992 showed a statisically higher likelihood to die from heroin overdose.
“Individuals born between 1947 and 1964 and between 1979 and 1992 are particularly afflicted by the opioid epidemic,” the authors write. “Intervention programs are needed to reduce the excess overdose mortality in these specific demographic groups.”
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To learn more about how different generations are struggling with the opioid crisis, please visit the American Journal of Public Health.