PillDM_468x339.jpgWhile weed used to get all the blame as the evil ‘gateway’ drug that will fry your brain and make you homeless, a newly released federal report has noted a marked increase in prescription pill drug abuse. Baby boomers still enjoy “street drugs” like herb and coke, but they’re also increasingly taking Percs, Oxy’s, Vickie doos, Xanies, Valium, etc. Even sadder, so are their kids: “Among teens and young adults 12 to 25, one-third of those who use illicit drugs say they recently have abused prescription drugs — including painkillers, tranquilizers and stimulants. Among kids 12 to 17, 3.3% had abused prescription. Among 17- to 25-year-olds, 6% had abused prescription drugs in the last month.” The huge shift to Rx abuse has increased so dramatically that pill popping abusers now outnumber ganja smokers. |LATimes|