One in ten Brits aged 50 to 65 get high on drugs such as cocaine, LSD and amphetamines, according to a new study.

The new figure indicates up to one million Brits of that age bracket take illicit drugs, a tenfold leap from just one in a hundred a decade ago.

Researchers claimed that many of those who have turned to drugs in later life because of work pressures of marriage break-ups.

The news of the drugs boom emerged from a study of 3,000 people aged between 50 and 65 by medics at King’s College London.

Professor Robert Stewart, who led the research, warned last night that drug proliferation will get worse amongst that age group. 

“Illicit drug use will become a more common feature in older generations,” he said.

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