Almost Half Seeking Opioid Addiction Treatment Are Baby Boomers
Nearly half of those seeking treatment for opioid addiction are over the age of 50, according to a recent study done by the School of Medicine at New York University.
Researchers analyzed data on admissions to opioid addiction treatment programs in NYC from 1996 to 2012. They found a shift in ages as time progressed. In 1996, the majority of adults in opioid treatment were younger than 40 years of age, but by 2012, the majority age group in opioid treatment were those between 50 and 59, with large increases in those over the age of 60.
The analysis specifically revealed:
- In 1996: only 2,892 people aged 50 to 59 were in rehab
- By 2012: 12,301 people aged 50 to 59 were in rehab
- By 2012, people aged 60 to 69 became 12 percent of the total, while people 40 or younger went from 56.2 percent in 1996 to 20.5 percent in 2012.
- Almost half of NYC population in opioid treatment in 2012 were over the age of 50.