Drug Testing Purveyor Absurdly Tries to Blame Boston Bombing on ... Pot?
The bombings that took place in Boston were a heinous crime carried out by the Tsarnaev Brothers that killed and maimed American citizens. It seems the older brother had become radicalized in his hatred of U.S. foreign policy and his younger brother, called Jahar, seemed to be along for the ride. How anyone could wreak such havoc and destruction is beyond the ability of most Americans to comprehend.
One of the most striking and consistent observations about Dzhokhar, or Jahar as he was commonly known to his friends, was that he was a normal college kid. Evidence of his normality was his heavy marijuana use as a party boy.
|Year||High School Dropout Rate (Overall)||High School Dropout Rate (Black)||12-17 Monthly Marijuana Use||College Graduation Rates||18-25 Monthly Marijuana Use|
|1979||no data||no data||16.8%||no data||35.3%|
|1985||no data||no data||11.9%||no data||21.9%|
|1991||12.1% (1990)||13.2% (1990)||4.3%||no data||13.0%|
|1997||11.8% (1998)||13.8% (1998)||9.4%||33.7% (1996)||12.8%|
So it would seem that we had the most teens dropping out of school in 1991, the same year we had the least proportion of teens smoking pot regularly. Now that pot smoking is at less than half what it was in 1979, we have the fewest kids dropping out of school. And while the Dept. of Education didn't have much for me on undergraduate degree completion, it does look like pot smoking among college kids increased from 12.8% to 17.2%, and the graduation rate increased by three points.
What if Jahar had been required to take drug tests to obtain and maintain a driver's license? Might he have changed his behavior if faced with real and immediate certain consequences for his drug use? What about the tens of thousands of kids nationwide who are caught in similar drug-induced downward spirals? New technologies make minimally intrusive drug testing part of a practical approach to preventing and identifying drug problems early. Can our society afford to ignore the measures that are available to encourage young people to find positive drug-free directions for their lives?