Tuesday, September 12

Dude, What Are You Smokin'?

Feds: Illicit drug use up for boomers, down for teens
Associated Press
September 8, 2006

WASHINGTON -- The government reported Thursday that 4.4 percent of baby boomers ages 50 to 59 indicated 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.

All Right! My People!

Okay, you've probably already guessed, but I don't believe there even is such a thing as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Who'd answer it? Does it come with use immunity? Or samples? My guess is that the major research involves scouring old Dragnet scripts for drug lingo, and they have an intern make sure the fake numbers add up to 100%. But if there really is one then one thing is certain: there's a hell of a lot more than 4.4% of boomers smoking dope.

Not that I have any idea, really; I just know that if the government is actually doing a survey they're underreporting the numbers, because the government, for some reason, is really concerned about this shit, likely for the same reason that people who hate sex rarely stop thinking about it.

So I don't give a shit, either way, until I come to this:
Meanwhile, illicit drug use among young teens went down 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.

David Murray, in case you've forgotten, was last sighted in 2003, when he warned Canada not to legalize pot. Back when the Bush administration was just itchin' to find more countries to democratize.

Okay, so, in fairness, I'm one of the few people in this country who will admit to believing that illicit drug use should be mandatory, just as soon as we figure out what to call them besides "illicit". My argument is fairly simple: I don't believe things can really get much more fucked up, and as such I think having a good time and installing interesting lighting is a reachable standard and one worth pursuing as national policy. Just consider how much better Congress would be if every time Sam Brownback rose to speak two people jumped up on either side and shotgunned him.

Right, that isn't gonna happen even if the Democrats do retake both houses, but in the interim could we just agree to put a cork in Mr. Murray? Just what is the malfunction, man? If the youth of America have found a different "kick" than their elders it looks to be lying to them on surveys then enjoying the resultant credulous media coverage of The Newer New Sobriety or Rainbow Parties. If you're reduced to finding silver linings in the things reported by children aged 12-17 to the most authoritarian adults we can dredge up, and if said linings require that you believe those things have some resemblance to the truth, I suggest a trip to the beach. And then keep going.

Is it really necessary to keep taking shots at boomers, now that most of us are barely ambulatory? Can you even find "Freebird" on the radio anymore? That train left the station twenty-five years ago, Mr. Murray. I know you guys would like to talk about anything but your record, but still; we've been playin' your game since Nixon and people still like to get high. And while I've got no real problem if 12-17 year olds smoke a little weed--it's better for 'em than the licit drugs they can get quite easily--I'd be happy to join in a campaign to discourage it, and discourage them from having sex, both for the same reason: aesthetics. They just don't do it very well. Besides, what I say has about as much effect as...what you have to say.

10 comments:

D. Sidhe said...

Brilliant. Especially this:

If the youth of America have found a different "kick" than their elders it looks to be lying to them on surveys then enjoying the resultant credulous media coverage of The Newer New Sobriety or Rainbow Parties.

I know I lied to poll-takers when I was a teenager. At that age, you routinely give stupid answers to people asking stupid questions.

R.Porrofatto said...

Hey, if it weren't for surveys we'd never know—and this will come as a bit of a shock to any non-drug-taking boomers out there—that teenagers party when their parents aren't home.

Just a request, but before Brownback gets it, could a couple of crankheads off Joseph Califano first?

KathyR said...

What? He told me he was doing his homework.

And define "illicit." Does stockpiling Vicodin for your tricky back count? Viagra bought over the internet? Two or three dozen prescriptions for Oxycontin?

heydave said...

Harrumph! All I can say is "where's mine"?

isabelita said...

Ha! Rove's propaganda chopper is going after us possibly open-minded and politically progressive boomers. Well, I know rightwingy people our age who abuse booze, as well as the "free market." Nasty hypocrites.
We need to stand up as the opposition. Now.

rat-terrier said...

I'm forty something, and back in college because it was discovered that my previous profession could be somewhat managed by near slaves in other lands.

I realize my evidence is anecdotal, but it seems that not only is pot now more widespread than during my 1980s college run, it is incredibly more powerful.

These kids -- with their craft-grown strains of Indica -- if they only knew what we had to go through for a bag of Mexican crap.

I suspect that they don't even consider it "illicit", such is their blase sense of monster weed entitlement. I'll bet thats why the numbers are down.

I'm finding that I really do like these kids though. Not nearly as scary as some of the connections I used to have.

rimone said...

if there really is one then one thing is certain: there's a hell of a lot more than 4.4% of boomers smoking dope.

going by my NY/CA/IL experiences (up to 9/2000), there were a shitload of so-called babyboomers who regularly smoked weed. professionals, yups, blue/pink collar types, parents, teachers, execs et al.

i could tell you stories but i won't here on the internets.

Meanwhile, illicit drug use among young teens went down from 11.6 percent in 2002 to 9.9 percent in 2005.

woo-hooo! the war on (some) drugs works!

morons.

Woodrowfan said...

FREEBIRD!!!!! (holds up old zippo lighter)


Jeeeze dude, just reading this gave me the munchies for a fried bologna and cheese sandwhich! (my fav munchies snack in college) And those WILD psychodelic letters at the bottom of the screen...

DBK said...

Well, I certainly am not smoking more reefers. I mean, way back when I used to smoke, sometimes, in college, because the other kids were doing it, but I haven't smoked in twenty years or more.

You gonna eat those fries?

Fearguth said...

I'm pre-babyboomer, Doghouse. I was born when the US was looking like it was going to lose what wasn't yet called World War II. Nonetheless, join me at the Vegoose Music Festival in October, and we'll talk seriously about the proper way to assimilate herbs.