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Meet the 'silver sniffers': the pensionables snorting and smoking the unmentionables

PUBLISHED January 24, 2005

Not so long ago they got their kicks from a glass of Dubonnet. But British pensioners will soon be routine consumers of recreational drugs, according to a leading government adviser.

Professor Gerry Stimson, an authority on drug safety, believes that the ageing drug user, or "silver sniffer", will become a significant figure on the British drugs scene in the next three decades, thanks to the growing popularity of illegal pills and powders.