Thursday, September 07, 2006

How to Be a NARC 101

Montgomery Advertiser

Kids & Kops Day features free food and games

The 12th Annual Kids & Kops Day is planned for Sept. 16 at Lagoon Park.

The event, which is sponsored by the Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization and various city and county departments, is designed to promote trust and cooperation between children and the police.

In other words how to be a NARC 101.

I guess the Kids & Kops sponsors haven't read the latest study on the effectiveness of anti-drug education and TV ads.
Here is a paragraph from that study.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the arm of the federal government that funds research on drug abuse and addiction, partnered to study the ad campaign's effectiveness. The White House provided the funding and NIDA contracted with a research firm, Westat, which gathered data between November 1999 and June 2004. The report Westat produced cost the government $42.7 million. It shows that the ad campaign isn't working, as the Associated Press reported in late August. Instead of reducing the likelihood that kids would smoke marijuana, the ads increased it. Westat found that "greater exposure to the campaign was associated with weaker anti-drug norms and increases in the perceptions that others use marijuana." More exposure to the ads led to higher rates of first-time drug use among certain groups, like 14- to 16-year-olds and white kids.

If I had the resources I would set up shop beside these ass-clowns and show "Busted A Citizens Guide to Law Enforcement Encounters" and I would hand out "Know your Rights" wallet cards and give kids a quiz on the 4th amendment to the United States Constitution. Teach them something useful.

In another drug use study that is being reported today;

The government reported Thursday that 4.4 percent of baby boomers ages 50 to 59 indicated that they had used illicit drugs in the past month. It marks the third consecutive yearly increase recorded for that age group by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Overall, drug use remained relatively unchanged among Americans age 12 and older in 2005. About 19.7 million Americans reported they had used an illicit drug in the past month, which represented a rise from 7.9 percent to 8.1 percent. The increase was not only due to the boomers, but an increase was also seen among those 18-25.

Drug use by baby boomers increased from 2.7 percent in 2002 to 4.4 percent last year. Marijuana was by far their drug of choice.

There were 14.6 million people who reported using marijuana in the past month, about 2.4 million cocaine users and 6.4 million people who used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes, such as pain relievers, tranquilizers or sedatives. In 60 percent of those cases, the drugs came from a relative or friend for free. Only 4.3 percent reported buying the drug from a drug dealer or other stranger.

When you look closely at these numbers it becomes clear that the drug war is really a war on harmless marijuana smokers. If you take us out of the drug war equation then the prison crisis will be over and the American taxpayers will save billions of dollars from the drug war black hole.

1 comment:

Mucho Mephisto said...

The section in Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas where he illustrates the government's efforts to police a problem like drugs is always eons behind in understanding the actual world it exists in is the best explanation of this buffoonery I know of. I'm a security fficer and it's the same schlock coming out of DHS about terrorism preparedness. Of course its not really in politicos' best interest to prosecute the War on Drugs intelligently. We citizens need all the fear mongering we can get.