- 14 non-aged people were admitted with ‘mental and behavioral disorders’
- About 12,564 were hospitalized for drug-related mental health reasons
- Addictions referrals have increased by 300 percent during the covid pandemic
Pensioners in their 90s are ending up in hospital for cocaine abuse, shocking new figures show.
Fourteen non-politics were admitted last year with ‘mental and behavioral disorders’ as a result of taking the drug – up from four a decade ago.
More than 12,564 people of all ages were hospitalized for mental-health reasons associated with cocaine use. But in the past few years, a growing number of people are also receiving their state pensions as current drug-users get older.
According to NHS data, in 2011/12 67 people aged 60 and over were hospitalized for mental health reasons due to cocaine use. It has increased to 414 in 2020/21.
Professor Adam Weinstock, consultant psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, said: ‘One thing these data tell us is that drug users aged 80 and over are very uncommon.
‘They’re too old to be a part of the rave scene’ [dance music of the 1990s] They may therefore represent a hidden population that evaded detection and was able to use drugs for a long time and still survive, suggesting that they used them in a moderate and more controlled fashion.
‘Saying that 80-year-olds’ hearts are not made for cocaine, which accelerates atherosclerosis’ [hardening and narrowing of arteries] and cause narrowing of the blood vessels supplying the heart, putting people at risk of heart attacks.
‘These individuals are likely to be unique in other ways and should not be held to suggest that cocaine use among older people is safe. It is generally the young and old who are most vulnerable to drug-related harm. With a few exceptions, old organs are left unstretched by substances.’
Pensioners in their 90s are ending up in hospital for cocaine abuse, shocking new figures reveal
Evidence suggests that older drug-users are more prone to early-onset dementia and other diseases that usually develop much later in life.
Overdose may be more likely as users get older because of the false confidence that comes with decades of substance use.
It is also believed that older drug-users are more reluctant to seek help for addiction because they feel ashamed. A 2019 report from the Advisory Council on Drug Abuse recommends that staff at specialist community-based drug-treatment centers be trained to deal with chronic patients.
Users of opium – illicit drugs such as heroin and some over-the-counter pain relievers – treated by people over the age of 40 have nearly tripled, from about 26,000 in 2005/06 to about 75,000 in 2017/18 – while opium The number of people under the age of 30 being treated for problems fell from about 55,000 to nearly 13,000 between 2009 and 2019.
The report, sent to Sajid Javid, then Home Secretary, concluded, “An aging, opium-using group currently dominates the demand for substance abuse services and will continue to do so in the future.”
According to the charity UK Rehab, the isolation that comes with old age, the death of a loved one or the fear of getting sick and dying are all factors in drug addiction in later life.
Rachel Britton, director of pharmacy at the addiction charity We Are With You, said: ‘It is not surprising that people of various ages who live with mental-health conditions such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress are more likely to be addicted to cocaine and the like. You can turn to different types of substances. Drive short-term enthusiasm and excitement. They are only trying to reduce negative feelings.
‘However, because of the nature of these substances, disturbed feelings can actually be worse, with rebound anxiety and paranoia both associated with coming off drugs such as cocaine.’
Last month, The Mail revealed on Sunday that cocaine use during the Covid pandemic is spiraling out of control among Britain’s middle classes, with a 300 per cent increase in addiction terms.
Jan Gerber, who runs the Paracelsus Recovery Clinic, warns that the ‘dark corners of the web’ have made it easier for people to find dealers who will deliver drugs to their doorsteps – resulting in usage levels at an all-time high. among professionals.