(WASHINGTON) ‚ÄĒ Cocaine and methamphetamine use among young adults declined significantly last year as supplies dried up, leading to higher prices and reduced purity, the government reports. Overall use of illicit drugs showed little change.
About one in five young adults last year acknowledged illicit drug use within the previous month, a rate similar to previous years. But cocaine use declined by one-quarter and methamphetamine use by one-third.
Drug use increased among the 50-59 age group as more baby boomers joined that category. Their past month drug use rose from 4.3% in 2006 to 5% in 2007....
hidemi, you are correct, booze is still the biggest problem in Nebraska, anyway, It is said that alcohol is responsible for 6 times more deaths than all the other drugs in this state. However, drug use causes problems, that may well spill over in this country, it is one of the things making life miserable in Mexico, q.v., Kidnapping wave in Mexico linked to drug trade.
Where there's a will, there's a way. Drugs will always be available for people to abuse them. Sadly enough, the most abused drug is alcohol. Raising the age limit is not going to change things. a total ban is the only solution.
It's ironic that the US military, so beloved by neocons, is perhaps the most thoroughgoing American practitioner of statist paternalism.
If folks are going to sign up (which given its coed social engineering, I don't recommend these days), they should have very limited expectations about how "grateful" the gov't will be after they are demobbed, esp. at the notorious VA hospitals. It's an old problem; QE1 let her navy veterans starve after the Spanish Armada.