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Heroin addiction becomes baby boomers' problem - as under-30s using the class A drug plummet

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Heroin being prepared Credit: AP

Heroin addiction has become a middle-aged “baby boomer” problem as the number of under-30s taking the drug plummets, Government advisers have revealed.

They say the number of heroin or opiate users aged over 40 who need NHS treatment has trebled in just 12 years, from 25,000 in 2006 to more than 75,000 last year.

By contrast the number of heroin users under 30 being treated - the children of the baby boom generation - has plunged from 60,000 to 13,000 in the 12 years to 2017/18.

The overall number of heroin addicts being treated has remained stable at between 260,000 and 280,000 but the proportion under 30 has fallen to nine per cent. The proportion aged over 40 has risen to 53 per cent including...

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