Study Shows No Decrease In Illicit Drug Use in US Adults

September 4, 2008

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 percent in 2006 to 5 percent in 2007.

“The baby boomers have much higher rates of self-destructive behavior than any parallel age group we have data from,” said John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Walters, 55, is a boomer himself.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, being released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is based on interviews with about 67,500 people.

Overall, about 20 million people 12 or older reported using illicit drugs within the past month. Marijuana was the most popular by far, with 14.4 million acknowledging use of marijuana in the past month.

Among adolescents, age 12 to 17, drug use dipped from 9.8 percent in 2006 to 9.5 percent last year, continuing a five-year trend. Their use of alcohol and cigarettes also fell during the same period.

“The earlier you use drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, the more likely you are to have a lifelong problem,” Walters said.

Much of the progress in curbing drug use occurred between 2002 and 2005. Critics of the nation’s drug policies warned not to read too much into the latest numbers.

“Use of marijuana and other drugs naturally fluctuates and if you look at long-term trends, current rates are smack in the middle of the range they’ve been in for decades,” said Bruce Mirken of the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates the decriminalization of marijuana. “There is simply no evidence that current policies … have made any difference.”

A World Health Organization survey of 17 countries this year showed that people in the U.S. were more likely than people elsewhere to have tried illicit drugs. The U.S. tied New Zealand for the highest rate of marijuana use and far outpaced other countries on cocaine use, the survey found.

The U.S. report measured drug use over the past month, while the WHO’s looked at drug use over a lifetime.

The WHO survey concluded: “The use of drugs seems to be a feature of more affluent countries. The U.S., which has been driving much of the world’s drug research and drug policy agenda, stands out with higher levels of alcohol, cocaine, and cannabis, despite punitive illegal drug policies as well as a higher minimum legal alcohol drinking age than many comparable developed countries.”

More than half the people who tried drugs for the first time in 2007 used marijuana, according to the U.S. survey. The rate of new marijuana users came to about 6,000 people a day.

The overall rate of illicit drug use dropped from 8.3 percent of those 12 and older to 8.0 percent in 2007.

Walters also acknowledged concern about nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among young adults. He urged parents to have more awareness of where they keep their prescriptions and to throw them away when the drugs are no longer needed.

The survey, which also examined mental health, indicated that 24.3 million people 18 or older experienced “serious psychological distress over the past year.” It stressed the link between mental health and substance abuse, noting that adults experiencing depression within the past year were more than twice as like to have tried illicit drugs during that time than other adults.

Article by Kevin Freking

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Tabloid or Factoid? Bush on Cocaine?

June 5, 2008


As a Capitol Hill staffer during the frst GW Bush election, there were rumors floating around about damaging photographs of him involving cocaine and a stripper. Although those photos have not surfaced to date, when I saw this cover of The Globe, I had to laugh not because it was funny but rather because I was not surprised at all. Your thoughts?

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Tatum O’Neal Busted For Buying Crack

June 2, 2008

Actress Tatum O’Neal best known for winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie “Paper Moon”, was busted Sunday while buying crack cocaine in New York, police said.

The 44-year-old actress, whose penned autobiography in 2004 served as memoir about her long road to sobriety, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan after police saw her making a purchase from a drug dealer, police said.

Investigators charged her with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday
She is the daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal, and the ex-wife of tennis star John McEnroe, and together they have thre children.

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CSI Star Pleaded Guilty to Cocaine and Exstacy Charges

May 29, 2008

Gary Dourdan was recently found asleep in his car in Palm Springs, CA. Soon after, narcotics were found in his vehicle. Although he claimed they were not his, he recently pleaded guilty to all the charges that were not dropped. The charge of possession of heroin was dropped, but not for the possession of exstacy or cocaine. His lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, says he is entering a treatment program, but the program is not technically rehab. Rather, he will spend 30 hours of classes that meet once a week. Having completed the program, his charges will be dismissed. At the time of this story, Dourdan had already enrolled, wasting no time at all.

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Amy Winehouse Arrested For Drugs Again

May 7, 2008

Before and After CRACK and COKE

Amy Winehouse went to the local police station to answer some questions. At that time, she was shown a video tape of her smoking crack and snorting cocaine. After that, she was arrested. More like Amy Winewreck…..

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San Diego State Drug Bust Tied To Fraternities

May 7, 2008

After what authorities are calling a major drug bust at San Diego State Univeristy, it has become clear that there were members of certain fraternities involved in supposedly openly dealing drugs on campus. The investigation was started last year with the cocaine overdose death of a sorority member ultimately lead to the arrest of 96 people of which 75 were San Diego State University students. Another drug-related death happened during the course of the investigation. Of the people arrested, 29 people were arrested during the early-morning Tuesday raids on nine locations including a fraternity, Theta Chi. Agents of the DEA found cocaine, ecstacy, and three guns. Of those arrested, 18 were wanted on warrants for selling to undercover agents. Theta Chi and five other fraternities have been suspended pending a hearing. This law enforcement investigation was dubbed, Operation Sudden Fall, as if the Drug War waas taking a page out of the book of Afghanistan.

There is speculation that profits may have been used in the financing of the fraternity.

More on this story as it unfolds.

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Busted CSI Star Speaks About His Drug Arrest

May 4, 2008

Dourdan\'s Mugshot

If you missed the original story (the link at the bottom of this article), CSI star Gary Dourdan was arrested while passed out in his car in Palm Springs, CA. Found in the car with him was cocaine, ecstacy, and heroin. He was arrested promptly. Now, the CSI star speaks out about the event and what followed in an email to Access Hollywood. Here is an excerpt of that email:

“Obviously I certainly wish I hadn’t been responsible for so many people getting to the festival’s VIP area,” Dourdan wrote, referring to California’s annual Coachella music festival, which he regularly attends. “And the after party, it ran me ragged, but I’m glad pulling over did prevent a DUI. I recommend not driving at all, but a little kip (nap) is always good (on either side of the road.”

“I am blessed that the Sgt. realized that the luggage carrying whatever they found was not mine and that my tests have been coming back negative. I’ve been happy to cooperate in any way to clear myself and go on with my blessed life.”

Says Douchebag: “I am so sorry to all my fans, especially the young ones, like Taylor Swift, who I should’ve been supporting with my daughter instead of driving tired in the desert,” he wrote. “I am planning events to get the word out that you don’t need a bunch of nasty chemicals to have a good time. Just good friends, family, good music and a good honest spirit full of faith.”

The story about Dourdan’s arrest can be read here

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