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Drug use up for boomers, down for teens
AP via Yahoo ^ | 9/7/2006 | KEVIN FREKING

Posted on 09/07/2006 9:03:19 AM PDT by Incorrigible

Drug use up for boomers, down for teens

By KEVIN FREKING,
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Some moms and dads might want to take a lesson from their kids: Just say no. 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.

The annual survey on drug use and health involves interviews of about 67,500 people. It provides an important snapshot of how many Americans drink, smoke and use drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Overall, drug use remained relatively unchanged among Americans age 12 and older in 2005. About 19.7 million Americans reported they had used an illicit drug in the past month, which represented a rise from 7.9 percent to 8.1 percent. The increase was not only due to the boomers, but an increase was also seen among those 18-25, the age category that always ranks highest when it comes to illicit drug use.

Among the 18-25 group, drug use rose from 19.4 percent to 20.1 percent. Federal officials commenting on the report emphasized the drop in use among younger teens without citing the increase in the next older age group.

"The news today is there is a fundamental shift in drug use among young people in America," Assistant Surgeon General Eric B. Broderick said in a statement.

Murray called the 18-25 group the gauntlet through which everybody runs. He said the peak of drug use among youth in the United States occurred in the late 1970s.

"And they brought it with them like baggage when they hit 50 and 60," Murray said.

Drug use by baby boomers increased from 2.7 percent in 2002 to 4.4 percent last year. Marijuana was by far their drug of choice, Murray said.

That's true overall. There were 14.6 million people who reported using marijuana in the past month, about 2.4 million cocaine users and 6.4 million people who used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes, such as pain relievers, tranquilizers or sedatives. In 60 percent of those cases, the drugs came from a relative or friend for free. Only 4.3 percent reported buying the drug from a drug dealer or other stranger.

While drug use went up slightly in '05, so did alcohol use. Slightly more than half of Americans age 12 and older reported being current drinkers of alcohol. That translates to 126 million people, up from 121 million people the year before.

Officials noted that alcohol use among those 12-17 did decline from 17.6 percent to 16.5 percent.

The percentage of Americans who acknowledged driving drunk at least once in the past year also dropped slightly in 2005 — from 13.5 percent to 13 percent.

Meanwhile, tobacco use held steady at about 29.4 percent, even though among youths 12-17, tobacco use did drop from 14.4 percent to 13.1 percent.

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The Baby Boomers continue to show how society should NOT behave.

 

1 posted on 09/07/2006 9:03:20 AM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: qam1

Let the Boomer bashing commence!


2 posted on 09/07/2006 9:03:44 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Incorrigible

I'd be interetsed to know how voting patterns break down among the boomer drug users.


3 posted on 09/07/2006 9:05:16 AM PDT by Uncledave
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To: Incorrigible
Why does this not surprise me.

Baby boomers....just trying to leave America in worse shape than when they inherited it. Oh, what a legacy.....:)

4 posted on 09/07/2006 9:05:37 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's; volunteer to help get Conservative Republicans elected!)
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To: Incorrigible

On balance, the Boomer generation has been a disaster.

They have undone most of the good work of their parents, the amazing WW2 generation.


5 posted on 09/07/2006 9:06:54 AM PDT by npg
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To: Uncledave
I'd be interested to know how voting patterns break down among the boomer drug users.

I'll wager that you could make a pretty good guess.

6 posted on 09/07/2006 9:09:49 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: npg
On balance, the Boomer generation has been a disaster.They have undone most of the good work of their parents, the amazing WW2 generation.

I agree 100%...and I'm a Boomer.

7 posted on 09/07/2006 9:11:05 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: Uncledave
I don't know but a good portion of them post countless articles about pot on the internet containing the same repetitious slogans.
8 posted on 09/07/2006 9:12:46 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Incorrigible

"Do what I say, not what I smoke..."


9 posted on 09/07/2006 9:16:57 AM PDT by verum ago (Proper foreign policy makes loud noises.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

not that I am overly optimistic about the next generations


10 posted on 09/07/2006 9:17:12 AM PDT by npg
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To: yellowdoghunter

Generational warfare. Good fun in every era.


11 posted on 09/07/2006 9:18:34 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: npg
They have undone most of the good work of their parents, the amazing WW2 generation.

They couldn't have been that great. They must have been terrible parents.

12 posted on 09/07/2006 9:19:55 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

probably because there was no debriefing after the war.

they just came home and went back to work.

but they were a resolute and brave generation.

And classy, like Reagan and Bush 1.

Too bad the Dems got them hooked on Social Security and Medicare


13 posted on 09/07/2006 9:23:12 AM PDT by npg
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To: Protagoras

Baby boomers rebeled, pure and simple. Who knows why, out of boredom I guess. That rebellion has led to dire consequences for America.


14 posted on 09/07/2006 9:23:20 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's; volunteer to help get Conservative Republicans elected!)
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To: npg

No generation before, and hopefully no generation hence... will squander so much as the Boomers have..

Their parents handed them the greatest nation ever created, and by and large they have systematically found ways to destroy it with their own selfish desires.

It will take at least 2 generations to undo all the damage they have done to this nation unfortunately.


15 posted on 09/07/2006 9:24:00 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: yellowdoghunter
Baby boomers, the only generation to rebel.

LOL

BTW, lots of really stupid things that they rebeled against, needed to be rebeled against.

Tell me what generation you are in and all the great things you are doing.....

16 posted on 09/07/2006 9:29:22 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: Protagoras
I guess I should have been more specific. Yes, I understand all generations rebeled in some form or another. But the Baby boomers took it to a whole new level. One that America may never recover from.

I am from Gen X.....we are trying to pick up the pieces.

17 posted on 09/07/2006 9:35:01 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's; volunteer to help get Conservative Republicans elected!)
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To: Moonman62
They have undone most of the good work of their parents, the amazing WW2 generation.

They couldn't have been that great. They must have been terrible parents.

Not terrible but, IMO, laid back after so much death and distruction and fear to an extreme. IOW, "Hey, let 'em live it up! Enough doom and gloom, it's time for fun now!"

18 posted on 09/07/2006 9:36:14 AM PDT by polymuser (There is one enemy and one war.)
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To: Protagoras

rebelled from decency, common-sense, and morality


19 posted on 09/07/2006 9:37:28 AM PDT by npg
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To: npg
They have undone most of the good work of their parents, the amazing WW2 generation.

That's true. I started my own business 27 years ago and have 112 people working for my company, earning a living, raising families, and paying taxes.

Maybe I'll just fire everyone, burn down the building and collect insurance. This building America notion is just a bunch of crap.

I'll leave it up to the iPod, Nintendo, mosh-pit, grunge generation to build their own future.

20 posted on 09/07/2006 9:39:19 AM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Incorrigible

My mother the boomer:

1. Did drugs
2. Married multiple times
3. still has mental problems

I am so thankful that she was a mess otherwise I might have turned out to be a liberal.


21 posted on 09/07/2006 9:46:24 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Cobra64
YAH! What a great idea! We could buy drugs with the insurance money!!! Hang out at Big Sur.... Sing Dylan songs.... Have sex all day with whoever... Smoke pot... Have a music festival....

This is all easily explained. Boomers know where to GET the drugs. And we ain't telling those little punk brats. More for us.

22 posted on 09/07/2006 9:47:19 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Don't you wish there were a knob on the computer to turn up the intelligence?)
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To: yellowdoghunter
I am from Gen X.....we are trying to pick up the pieces.

That line is in need of a laugh track.

23 posted on 09/07/2006 9:48:31 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

My niece and nephew, the NEW generation (ages 24-26)

1. Heroine addicts
2. Two children by age 17
3. Married multiple times
4. Still has mental problems

I'm so thankful their mother the nurse was so upright. Otherwise they may have become republicans.


24 posted on 09/07/2006 9:49:00 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Don't you wish there were a knob on the computer to turn up the intelligence?)
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To: npg; polymuser

I think it's counter productive to compare generations. There are great people within every generation, and bad people too. What changes is the institutions and ideas that people live by.


25 posted on 09/07/2006 9:49:53 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: npg
Right. The decency, common sense and morality of the 20th century prior to them. Like WWI, WWII, Jim Crow, and the like.

Good point.

26 posted on 09/07/2006 9:50:32 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: Incorrigible

Far out, Catherwood!


27 posted on 09/07/2006 9:50:48 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Something is happening here but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?)
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To: Protagoras

It's an unfair comparison. This generation gets is drugs nice and legal from Big Pharma.


28 posted on 09/07/2006 9:51:23 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Protagoras

A baby boomer would think that....not surprising.


29 posted on 09/07/2006 9:52:01 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's; volunteer to help get Conservative Republicans elected!)
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To: Hi Heels

Thats really sad but I have to ask what are their parents like??


30 posted on 09/07/2006 9:52:49 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: yellowdoghunter
A baby boomer would think that....not surprising.

At least they think. Gen X should be called Gen why?

31 posted on 09/07/2006 9:54:17 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: Incorrigible

Sheesh...what a depressing prospect: a bunch of old pot heads sitting in nursing homes spouting left-wing political drivel and agitating for free health care so they can torment the country till they're 100.


32 posted on 09/07/2006 9:54:34 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Wolfie
It's an unfair comparison. This generation gets is drugs nice and legal from Big Pharma.

Exactly!!!

33 posted on 09/07/2006 9:55:22 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: kittymyrib

Nonsense. No such thing as an old pothead. The stuff Kills!, doncha know?


34 posted on 09/07/2006 9:55:43 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Moonman62
"They couldn't have been that great. They must have been terrible parents."

LOL! You're right, or the kids wouldn't have grown up so strange.

Carolyn

35 posted on 09/07/2006 9:55:52 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Protagoras
Like I said, Baby boomers are leaving this country is worse shape than when they inherited it. That includes financial, spirtually, morally, etc....The baby boomers will be the very FIRST generation in American history to leave the country in worse shape.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1677110/posts?page=4#4

Second paragraph. This is coming from a baby boomer.

36 posted on 09/07/2006 9:58:09 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's; volunteer to help get Conservative Republicans elected!)
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To: Wolfie
This generation gets is drugs nice and legal from Big Pharma.

Except meth and a few hundred others of course.

This whole idea of generational warfare is past absurd.

The generation before mine was made up of heroes and villains. The one after is as well. And the beat goes on.

37 posted on 09/07/2006 9:58:28 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: yellowdoghunter

Like I said, Absurd nonsensical drivel.


38 posted on 09/07/2006 10:00:03 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: Protagoras

I didn't realize Baby Boomers changed that.

I credit leaders like Ronald Reagan & MLK

You've only pointed out the stains


39 posted on 09/07/2006 10:00:20 AM PDT by npg
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To: Incorrigible

In recent years, now that the boomers have finally gotten old enough to take the reins of power from the previous generations they have led the country to the right.

The great destructive acts that brought down America like the 60s legislation and the immigration act of 1965, etc, etc, etc, and the years from the 30s to the 90s were not the boomers.

A generation doesn't start running a country until they start hitting their 50s.

In 1996 the oldest boomer turned 50, the youngest one turned 32.

In 1970 when the sixties were over the boomers ranged in age from from 6 to 24, think about it folks, then ask yourselves why you bought this bill of goods.


40 posted on 09/07/2006 10:01:22 AM PDT by ansel12 (Life is exquisite... of great beauty, keenly felt.)
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To: Incorrigible

Anybody want a hit?


41 posted on 09/07/2006 10:02:18 AM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: npg
That ain't the only thing you didn't realize.

Maybe when you grow up you will.

42 posted on 09/07/2006 10:03:53 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: Protagoras

The nations comptroller is full on nonsensical drivel? Well, I guess you are free to believe that. I hope the boomers don't leave us in worse fiscal shape than when they took charge. But their history would dictate that that is exactly what they will do.


43 posted on 09/07/2006 10:06:34 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's; volunteer to help get Conservative Republicans elected!)
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To: Cobra64

God bless you.

You are one of the great ones.

And you are a conservative.


44 posted on 09/07/2006 10:06:42 AM PDT by npg
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To: ansel12
The deep thinkers who are "picking up the pieces" from the boomers haven't figured out the things you pointed out yet.

After they get through, they can return to saving humanity from the "60 something" hippies.

45 posted on 09/07/2006 10:07:57 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine; Cobra64

Nice, Decent People. Nurse. RN. Dad owns a construction outfit. White bread Camarillo, California. Money. Good school. Clothes. Advantages. Loving parents/family. Siblings.


46 posted on 09/07/2006 10:08:57 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Don't you wish there were a knob on the computer to turn up the intelligence?)
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To: yellowdoghunter
Maybe they will invent some "growup" medicine before they die so you X'ers can figure stuff out.

But your self indulgent history would dictate that you won't take it.

I hope you are in charge soon, while you still know everything.

47 posted on 09/07/2006 10:11:05 AM PDT by Protagoras (Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas)
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To: Protagoras

Please know that we realize it....we just hope to leave our children a better America than when we do eventually get it. However, I guess that won't be too hard after the Baby boomers get done with it.


48 posted on 09/07/2006 10:11:08 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's; volunteer to help get Conservative Republicans elected!)
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To: Protagoras

OK everyone, I apologize to all

The Baby Boomer generation has been great and this country has moved steadily in the right direction with them as steward.


49 posted on 09/07/2006 10:11:28 AM PDT by npg
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To: Protagoras

We could never do worse than the Boomers....never. The X'ers are the first generation to grow up with divorce, abortion, no school prayer, the list goes on and on.....maybe you boomers can turn it around but time is not on your side.


50 posted on 09/07/2006 10:12:37 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's; volunteer to help get Conservative Republicans elected!)
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