Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse

Frequently Asked Questions

19. What other illicit drugs might affect older adults?

While it is relatively rare for adults over 65 to use or have used illicit drugs, baby boomers (adults in their 50s and early 60s) are more likely to have tried them. After marijuana, the most common illicit drugs of abuse include

  • illegal opiods, such as heroin
  • illegal stimulants, such as cocaine

For more about heroin and its effects on the body, see “DrugFacts: Heroin.”

For more about cocaine and its effects on the body, see “DrugFacts: Cocaine."