The passage of youth has long included the experimentation of cigarettes and alcohol. For many baby boomers, the passage of youth added marijuana. The vast majority of the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s babies survived into adulthood without much collateral damage from the use of cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol and a limited distribution of other substances.
The passage of youth has changed. Alcohol and cigarettes are more skillfully marketed to today’s youth and the marijuana is much more potent. The active ingredients in OxyContin, Vicodin, Adderall, Xanax and heroin have become readily available in almost every community.
The adults have done a lousy job of protecting today’s youth from substances that were not available in large quantities to past generations.
I have come to realize that without the selling and marketing of cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana to our youth the industries would not continue to be successful. The mindset of acceptance for mind altering substances begins early with little opposition from the baby boomer.
Past shows have discussed the marketing of alcohol to those ages 12 to 20 without any vocal backlash. Marijuana smoking in high school continues to increase in numbers. Teens continue to obtain and experiment with cigarettes.
The makers of lethal prescription drugs have learned wisely from their alcohol and marijuana brethren. Prescription drugs are “safe as prescribed”. If OxyContin, Vicodin, Adderall and Xanax are “safe”, then what harm can they do to our youth?
The biggest change in our society is who the dealer has become over the last 40 or 50 years. A recent article highlighted how established business people drive the marijuana market in Colorado http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/10/21/will-pot-barons-cash-in-on-legalization.html Alcohol and cigarettes have always been skillfully marketed by major corporations.
Since the introduction of OxyContin, business people, professional people, medical professionals, FDA and the politician have stepped forward to help promulgate and promote “safe as prescribed” as a subterfuge to manufacture, distribute and sell as much heroin related products and methamphetamine related products that our youth can be introduced to.
The next time you see a business suit or a white medical coat, it may represent the new drug dealer that has opened up a new pathway to legal drugs and heroin not seen since the turn of the 20th century.
The media sleeps and our targeted youth suffer the consequences from the 21st century drug dealer.