Saturday, September 09, 2006

These Are Your Parents On Drugs

Well this interesting report has been rattling around all the news wires the last few days, and I feel compelled to comment/mock it's contents. Some of the findings aren't terribly shocking. To summarize, roughly 10% of 12-18 year olds, and 20% of 18-25 year olds have reported using illegal drugs in the last month. Wow, 1 in 5 college and post-college kids have used illegal drugs in the past month. That seems high, but also seems low. The same goes for the high school kids.

However, the interesting part in the report concerns those aged 50-59, the so-called 'baby boomers,' AKA my parents and their friends. The report says that roughly 5% of 'baby boomers' have used illegal drugs in the last month. 5%!!! I can't believe it, that's high comedy. No wonder many of their kids are also using drugs. It brings to mind this great mental image of an old pony-taled dude puffing on some cheeb while his tie-dyed dress wearing wife dances around to some Jefferson Airplane. I wish I knew some boomers like that.

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