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Published:August 21st, 2009 15:25 EST
Woodstock Generation Still Getting High

Woodstock Generation Still Getting High

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Baby boomers, now well into middle age, are still turning on to illegal drugs, doubling the rates of illicit drug use for the older generation, according to U.S. government statistics released on Wednesday.

The rates of people aged 50 to 59 who admit to using illicit drugs in the past year nearly doubled from 5.1 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2007 while rates among all other age groups are the same or decreasing, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported." Reuters

You`d think that the Woodstock generation would have switched from marijuana and LSD to Viagra and Maalox, but many of the old hippies are still smoking weed and snorting cocaine.

Old-timers taking illegal drugs puts an unnecessary strain on the nation`s health care system. A young person who takes stimulants is better able to deal with the side effects than an old goat. If an old codger snorts too much cocaine his ticker may give out on him.

It`s very hard to give up drugs -- we must make sure our kids never start down that road. Drug prevention is the key!

I strongly urge the young and the old not to take cocaine, heroin, meth, and prescription drugs used non-medically. But I wouldn`t put weed in the same category as the aforementioned drugs. Marijuana is a natural herb, and its been a blessing to everybody from the Woodstock generation to the iPod generation.

Back in the days of Woodstock "The Man" warned that pot smoking would lead to financial and personal ruin. But most of the stoners that I knew back in those halcyon days became lawyers, accountants, teachers, priests and mechanics. I bet that most of them are still one toke over the line.

"Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called honah lee."

This baby boomer is still puffing and frolicking.