Thu. Mar 9th, 2023



Baby Boomers and Drug Abuse, Hear from The Experts

Kids born after the Second World War were blessed with greater economic prosperity enjoyed by their parents who met their every need, from clothing to superior education, better lifestyle standards and thus, in turn, better chances at succeeding in the professional world.

This generation made good use of the enhanced facilities offered them and the freedom made them question established norms, flout conventions and experiment with new age thinking and products, including drugs and other mood enhancing substances.

Baby boomers were here to stay – and they made it known to the older generation how much they meant to be different and forward thinking by popularizing the use of marijuana and other prohibited substances. Their followers in turn, paid equal attention to drug-use and since this was a growing, indomitable breed of new-thinkers and radicals, in just a few decades, DrugAbuse was rampant throughout American states

Experts like Joseph G reveal that survey material collected by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the US have studied a similarity in patterns and trends of drug abuse in previous and current generations i.e. baby boomers and the generation after them

Statistics gained by these survey readings record baby boomers between 50 and 59 years of age revealing 4.4 per cent of them have used illicit drugs and teens in modern times (2005) have brought down this percentage by almost 10 percent.

Credit for this goes to awareness about drug abuse education spread by the government in public schools and social healthcare programs to discourage use of prohibitive drugs among the people besides efforts by the Office of National Drug Control Policy to highlight the ill-effects of smoking, alcohol abuse and use of illicit drugs like cocaine and marijuana.

The Asst. Gen. surgeon, Eric B. Broderick, questioned the shift in fundamental theories of youngsters (the 18-25 age-group) succumbing to peer pressure and subsequently adding on the amount of emotional baggage they bring with them to maturity, having experienced and experimented with illicit drugs.

Murray, from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, names these as gauntlets and believes them to have doggedly pursued the baby boomers till the late 70s, which was undesirable for sustained growth.

Though many marijuana takers revealed they used illicit drugs by their own choice, others were supported in their quest for these substances through friends, dealers, and relatives or even strangers sometimes.

According to John Walters of the National Drug Control Policy, baby boomers (nearly 78.2 million were born between 1946 and 1964) took drugs to such an extent that it became a part of their lifestyle, which was a hard habit to break.

But, if Steve Hager, (Editor of High Times that advocates on marijuana), is to be believed, persons over 55 choose this substance over anti-depressants and sleep-inducing medication while those 5 years older still prefer to use drugs for pain and for treating glaucoma.

Smoking weed might have been the one thing when at Woodstock with many baby boomers admitting they are still hanging on to the habit till today, but Murray reveals a certain awareness about the ill-effects of drug abuse in the youth of today who do not want to make the mistakes their parents did and thus, are consciously avoiding the path of self-destruction that use of prohibited drugs can push them towards.

Thus, the US government’s health policies for future generations are sure to succeed with sensibilities changing and youth becoming more responsible towards their own future.

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