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Older LGBTQ Adults Higher Odds for Substance Abuse


Alcohol and drug use is more common among older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual than among their straight counterparts, a new study finds.

For the study, New York University (NYU) researchers analyzed 25,880 responses from adults aged 50 and older who participated in a nationwide survey on alcohol and drug use between 2015 and 2017. Of the participants, 2.5% identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Participants were asked about past-year use of substances such as marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine, as well as nonmedical use of prescription opioids, sedatives, stimulants, and tranquilizers.