Friday, September 08, 2006

Illegal Drugs: Parents Are Using & Their Kids Aren't

There seems to be an unusual phenomenon sweeping the nation -- drug use is UP among parents (specifically the Baby Boomers) and DOWN among teens...

"...The government reported Thursday that 4.4 percent of baby boomers ages 50 to 59 indicated that they had used illicit drugs in the past month. It marks the third consecutive yearly increase recorded for that age group by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Meanwhile, illicit drug use among young teens went down for the third consecutive year - from 11.6 percent in 2002 to 9.9 percent in 2005.

"Rarely have we seen a story like this where this is such an obvious contrast as one generation goes off stage right, and entering stage left is a generation that learned a lesson somehow and they're doing something very different," said David Murray, special assistant to the director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy." (source)

Maybe it's because having a teenager drives you to drugs...?

Alcohol use and drunk driving also dipped in teens, but tobacco use remained steady (see, the most addictive drug of all...)

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