21.2% Of Young Adults Experimented With Illegal Drugs In 2009

MarijuanaThe U.S. government is blaming it on marijuana (you know, the ‘gateway drug’)… from CBS News:

A new government report blames increased marijuana use for an uptick in the overall use of illicit drugs among Americans.

The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows the rate of illicit drug use rose from eight percent in 2008 to 8.7 percent in 2009. The survey also found increases in the use of ecstasy and methamphetamines.

Authorities are especially concerned about use of illicit drugs by young people. The survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found 21.2 percent of young adults experimented with illegal drugs in 2009. The report says the trend “was also driven in large part by the use of marijuana.”

National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske told CBS Radio News, young people are being exposed to “mixed messages” about marijuana including the idea that it is a medicine.

The “drug czar” said marijuana “may have properties that have medicinal values that should be tested” but he insisted it is not medicine.

Kerlikowske views marijuana as “an entry drug.” The survey found that for the first time since 2002, less than half of young people believe using marijuana is harmful.

The Obama administration remains strongly opposed to legalization of marijuana…

[continues at CBS News]

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  • Vox Penii

    the “gateway drug” argument has always seemed incredibly oversimplified to me. I mean, in *some* cases (including friends & family I’ve witnessed firsthand), marijuana use was indeed a gateway to harder & more dangerous drugs.

    and if forced to associate with either drunks or stoners, I’d choose the stoners — no debate.

    and while marijuana appears to be safer than tobacco/alcohol, that’s like saying it’s “safer” to be shot in the foot than in the skull. marijuana can have some serious consequences for mental and physical health. dope smokers will say, “carl sagan smoked weed, and look at what he accomplished!” true. and louis armstrong smoked weed every day of his life … but he also practiced trumpet for six hours every day of his life; most dope smokers I’ve known are losers who devote their free time to XBox and bitching about their bosses….

    and I wonder about who’s financing the “legalize it” campaign, and their motives … why is Soros dumping so much cash into public relations and so on?

  • William Xavier McGarley

    Experiment nothing! I knew damn well what the hell I was doing! Thanks to the pioneers like Burroughs and Cassady we don’t have to wonder what would happen if we took too many of the red pills, or mixed the green tabs with the yellow ones. It’s like anything else in life: don’t go in the deep end without a spotter and/or a life preserver.

  • William Xavier McGarley

    Experiment nothing! I knew damn well what the hell I was doing! Thanks to the pioneers like Burroughs and Cassady we don’t have to wonder what would happen if we took too many of the red pills, or mixed the green tabs with the yellow ones. It’s like anything else in life: don’t go in the deep end without a spotter and/or a life preserver.

  • Pb

    This statistic makes me feel sad, for it means that 4 out 5 young adults in this country are missing wonderful opportunities to mind expansion and higher functioning.

    We must not relent in promoting illegal drug consumption until this statistic is flipped around and only 21% of young people will not experiment with drugs on a regular basis.

    • http://deliverators.typepad.com Andrew Dobbs

      It is time to found The Foundation for a Free Drug America.

  • Pb

    This statistic makes me feel sad, for it means that 4 out 5 young adults in this country are missing wonderful opportunities to mind expansion and higher functioning.

    We must not relent in promoting illegal drug consumption until this statistic is flipped around and only 21% of young people will not experiment with drugs on a regular basis.

  • oman28

    I wonder what percentage of young people got outragously drunk and vomited on themselves in 2009

  • Anonymous

    I wonder what percentage of young people got outragously drunk and vomited on themselves in 2009

  • http://deliverators.typepad.com Andrew Dobbs

    It is time to found The Foundation for a Free Drug America.

  • gemmarama

    ha! lightweights. in the UK it’s gotta be about twice that.

  • gemmarama

    ha! lightweights. in the UK it’s gotta be about twice that.

  • forcedbyprohibitiontobeanon

    Actually Alcohol are almsot always used before Marajauana, so if there IS a gateway drug it is them.

    Besides even if what you say was true (it’s not) marajuana being a gateway for youths would be less of an issue were it legalised.

    Dealers do not require ID.

    Pschotropic plant use will never and should never go away.

    The only way of controlling a substance is to legalise and regulate it.

  • Surfer

    is there a such a thing as a legal drug ;)?
    ahhh…medicinal marijuana:D

  • Surfer

    is there a such a thing as a legal drug ;)?
    ahhh…medicinal marijuana:D

  • forcedbyprohibitiontobeanon

    Actually Alcohol are almsot always used before Marajauana, so if there IS a gateway drug it is them.

    Besides even if what you say was true (it’s not) marajuana being a gateway for youths would be less of an issue were it legalised.

    Dealers do not require ID.

    Pschotropic plant use will never and should never go away.

    The only way of controlling a substance is to legalise and regulate it.