Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Medical Studies

Between my junior and senior years at university I stayed in Lamoni, Iowa and worked for Graceland University's physical plant. I painted dorm rooms, repaired the roof and tower of the Old Administration building, and performed other tasks as required. I lived off campus in a trailer park and thoroughly enjoyed the last real summer job I would ever have before embarking on my teaching career. The work was easy, the crew I worked with amiable, and the Iowa summer was hot with scattered thunderstorms and tornadoes popping up regularly.

That summer I wrecked my car, met my first dickie waiver as I hitchhiked from a State Hospital psychiatiric review appointment to the nearest bus station to catch my ride back to Lamoni, and I met the qualifications for student aid from the State of Iowa's Rehabilitaion Services. The embarrassment of striking the car of a Graceland coach while I rubbernecked a turn into a road work detour was much worse than that of being with the naked pervert driving a pickup. I needed the ride. I also desperately needed the money for room, board, and books even more. Years later I got over the shame of having qualified for rehab support because of my severe depression -- Fuck, mental illness.

I remember one day that summer when working on a dormitory roof listening to a report on a radio newscast. The radio DJ reported about a very expensive study conducted by the federal government about teenage premarital sex. The study was quite involved and, as I said, expensive. My buddy and I nearly rolled off the roof when the results of the study were announced. "Some do, and some don't."

Today, on the Reuters news website, it's being reported that U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has studied drug use in the Baby Boomer generation.

"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"

Yep. Back when, some did and most didn't.

Now? Some still do.......

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