Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tim Ryan is a senior prevention specialist...

...with FCD Educational Services, an antidrug group that works with students in the classroom.

In the Science section of the Times today, Tara Parker-Pope writes about antidrug advocates like Mr. Ryan who "say efforts to legalize marijuana have created new challenges as they work to educate teenagers and their parents about the unique risks that alcohol, marijuana and other drugs pose to the developing teenage brain."

This is just the sort of thing that irritates the heck out of me, a recovered drunk.

Quick: What's the most abused drug in America? Alcohol. And who is abusing it the most? Adults; probably even the parents of the students to whom Mr. Ryan is preaching.

I wonder if Mr. Ryan ever begins his lectures by asking the adults in the room, "How many of you abuse drugs -- er, I mean -- use alcohol?" It might be a good place to start. (Does Mr. Ryan drink?)

Before they worry so much about their kids' drug problems (or imaginary drug problems), maybe parents should take a look in the mirror and ask themselves if they have a drug problem.

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