Overall Teen Drug Use Down?December 12th, 2008 by Perry
At a meeting with several drug prevention leaders and spokesmen for recovery, Bush announced three new studies conducted by his administration; one study pertaining to teenage drug use, and the others in regards to cocaine abuse and availability.
Bush also announced that overall drug use among youths has declined 25 percent since 2001, based on a Michigan study. The results have not shown any sort of decrease as of late, but the numbers trend a seven-year decline Bush used as proof of the effectiveness in prevention and treatment programs, as well as an ability to disrupt drug supply. Although “mild bother” might be a better word for the administration’s efforts at drug trade disruption.
The article also notes the use of drugs such as ecstasy, steroids and marijuana, did not statistically change.
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., director for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, said:
Marijuana is as available to teenagers in this country as candy.
It’s not a coincidence that this is coming during Bush’s “legacy tour” as he has less and less impact on policy and, instead, continues to eulogize accomplishments during his 2 terms. Unfortunately, cherry picking studies that apply to small areas of the country doesn’t exactly cement a successful tenure when it comes to drug prevention.