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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Do as we say: media, government ignore boomer drug abuse

Why are so few Americans aware of these troubling trends? One reason is that today's drug abusers are simply the "wrong" group. As David Musto, a psychiatry professor at Yale University and historian of drug abuse, points out, wars on drugs have traditionally depended on "linkage between a drug and a feared or rejected group within society." Today, however, the fastest-growing population of drug abusers is white, middle-aged Americans. This is a powerful mainstream constituency, and unlike with teenagers or urban minorities, it is hard for the government or the news media to present these drug users as a grave threat to the nation

"It's Baby Boomers Who Are Real Drag"
Houston Chronicle

I have no problem viewing boomers as a "grave threat to the nation"...

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