Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Thank God (or the Flying Spaghetti Monster): We are STILL the Woodstock Nation

... and despite the government's deadly war on drugs for the past forty years, Baby Boomers--one of the most productive generations American has know--are still toking up.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Middle aged baby boomers are still turning on to illegal drugs forty years after Woodstock, doubling the rates of illicit drug use by the previous generation, according to a government study released on Wednesday.

The rates of people aged 50 to 59 who admit to using illicit drugs in the past year nearly doubled from 5.1 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2007 while rates among all other age groups are the same or decreasing, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported.

"These findings show that many in the Woodstock generation continue to use illicit drugs as they age," said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick. "This continued use poses medical risks to these individuals and is likely to put further strains on the nation's healthcare system -- highlighting the value of preventing drug use from ever starting."

Of course, reading that last sentence again, we've apparently never outgrown our nannies, either.


Bowly said...

Yes, those drugs are so bad for you that folks are still using them 40 years later.

kavips said...

You seem to have something for the flying spaghetti monster. Didn't you once do a piece covering it's history?

Anyways, I was wondering where the fascination arose. Was it because of the timing of your formulate years, the seventies I believe when the concept first arose to ridicule the worship of something one couldn't see...

Are are you one of those who have actually seen it?