In this classic cover of Time magazine, cartoonist Gary Trudeau depicts the sometimes delicate dance parents have to make around their children regarding the topic of their drug use. New government figures say that drug use among Americans 50 to 59 years old is on the rise, whereas usage among teens has declined.
That actually makes sense. If teens started paying as much attention to the doings of Bush & Co. as their forebears, we’d see those numbers rising in unison.
Some moms and dads might want to take a lesson from their kids: Just say no.
The government reported Thursday that 4.4 percent of baby boomers ages 50 to 59 indicated that they had used illicit drugs in the past month. It marks the third consecutive yearly increase recorded for that age group by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Meanwhile, illicit drug use among young teens went down for the third consecutive year ? from 11.6 percent in 2002 to 9.9 percent in 2005.