Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in "Love and Other Drugs" (2010)
"Some 5% of Americans over age 50 admit to abusing drugs, according to a new government study.
Researchers believe the number of people born between 1946 and 1964 who seek drug abuse treatment will double by 2020, straining an under-prepared system.
"We need much better support services for the number of older adults who are going to have substance abuse problems," said Dr. Gary Kennedy, director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center.
Robert Downey Jr. (has played drug addict Julian Wells in the movie Less Than Zero, and ex-addict in real life)
There's a pattern of older adults mellowing out of illicit drug use and transitioning into prescription and alcohol abuse, Kennedy said. He's seen baby boomers abusing everything from painkillers like Valium to stimulants like Dexedrine."
"Dr Reddy is the chairman of Council of Sex Education and Parenthood International (CSEPI) and Indian Andropause Society. He believes that “a day will come when we will say, ‘Viagra pill a day will keep the cardiologist away’”.
“The pendulum has swung from one extreme to another — from treating sexual medicine as an ‘unnecessary luxury’ or ‘frivolous’ to considering it a mainstream health issue”, said Dr Reddy.
Since its advent and approval, in 1998, Viagra has helped combat male impotence. The treatment has been used by millions of men, worldwide, and has helped them to achieve better sex lives. It is now possible to buy Viagra online, and the treatment has become universally accepted as a way to overcome erection problems.
“Viagra has made a huge impact on the society. The medical fraternity’s perception about sexuality has changed”, concluded Dr Reddy. Source: www.healthexpress.co.uk