Jul 17, 2014|
Today is the 30th anniversary of raising the legal drinking age to 21…was it the right call? Has it done anything to keep teens from drinking? And, if teens were allowed to drink, would it help prevent them from experimenting with more dangerous or addictive drugs? Tommy ask these questions and others to Dr. David Anderson, Professor of Education and Human Development at George Mason University.
Tommy talks to Kevin in Metairie about his wife's need for medication to cope with constant, chronic pain.
Tommy talks to WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris about a new report that New Orleans had more drug-related deaths than homicides.
Tommy talks to State Representative Cameron Henry about the current state and the future of TOPS.
Tommy talks to David Howard, Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management at Emory University, about the state of Obamacare going forward.
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Doctor David Anderson joins right now a professor of education and human development. At George Mason University did talk about. The thirtieth anniversary of change in the legal drinking age from 21. To 18 morning guy. Good morning to you let me ask you did did diet actually let me interrupt your future and changing the from 118 actually went the other way. And I do and I does it affect it just to correct you know why because I was so concerned with addressing he was not an island to doctor's mind being called doc. Whatever you can find all the none meet and mean in general. Chart god is OK doctor at 18 T we be evident different now we haven't. Thirty years what what prompted. What prompted the change in historically just put it can yeah. That's real quickly you know. It's it's a State's rights issues states determine what the legal drinking age is further states and many states at that point and an age of 21. Some had eighteen or nineteen. Some had different beverages for different agents. But what really prompted it blows the disproportionate amount of young people young drivers who were getting involved often fatally. An in car crash. And so there was a big effort by man Mothers Against Drunk Driving too. Great CH more universally. And so that was done half the states or at age twenty so this really made it pretty much in national profile it's not a requirement. It's in incentives because you don't raise the age to 21. The state did not race at they would lose 10% and it's so all the all the State's race to it was signed into law thirty years ago by President Reagan. What what have been results of that analysts teenagers getting in fatal accident absolute. Yes short short answer it's been successful from the car crash are the penalties perspective when young people. Is it is a perfect and no one has to have we seen reductions in the states particular states where the media and the agents went down or. Adjacent states what we used to call blood borders unfortunately. But yes we received reductions in youthful involvement in alcohol crashes the other thing that we've seen. It's reductions in alcohol consumption. If you look at. Schools seniors. Thirty years ago. You know thirty years ago. Almost almost four out of five high school seniors had a couple the last thirty days. Part of my principles seniors and ultimately that was thirty years ago. A country that's the answer that's college students and college students and I've. Put high school seniors was. It was to order. It was 67%. To ten years before that it was 68% nauert 39% were almost half of that. So we have about a third of high school seniors. Today having alcohol in the last thirty days. Docket he can hang on a couple of seconds related traffic here and then when we come back and though here there's been an throughout the nation really. There's been a crackdown on prescription pain pill abuse and as a result that's led to an increase use and heroin in my question you Izzo though. High school students college students. A high schools since at least drinking glasses has alcohol been replaced by. Something else you gonna answer when we come back our guest actor David Anderson professor of education. And human development at George Mason University talking about the thirtieth anniversary. Raising. The drinking age from eighteen. To Tony 130 anniversary of the legal drinking age being raised from eighteen and 21 our guest says it has. And this and the statistics for this out reduce the number of alcohol related mentality among. Teenagers and doctored to Ed just to get it straight less teens are drinking in high school now correct. That's correct and less college student traditionally college students are drinking what has. That they and then the other piece with high school is that heavy drinking which is what really concerns a lot of us. Has been reduced at college that has not been read and so we have 40% of Palestinians having five from drinks at least once the last two weeks. So it'll all services. Yeah we've made a lot of progress the drinking age. Has I believe made and the data supports is has made a difference we've both the driving. Alcohol impaired driving me making our roads paper as well as this heavier drinking but we have a long long long ways ago. I'm before the break I mentioned you know DEA's been cracking down on prescription pain pills as a result. Heroin use is gone up so Perez's same thing happened with teenagers are they find in different things and. Absolutely and I think that's the that's exactly the key point and that's what we need to address. You know I think in our in our culture we need to talk about what's going on and why young people in particular are drinking and drinking heavily coming weeks. I did a study would Yugo just in here George Mason and national study. And what we were talking routines with its focus groups around the country and found out what's going on their lives and and found that a lot of report just drinking it. Or they'll Adobe drugging to meet some other ignorant and a lot of the parents slot of the schools aren't addressing that they're doing some piecemeal things and he's little piecemeal things don't attack it and don't don't really address what's more would be on people and so so talking Libyan people having parents got along with them. And and whether it's going to be alcohol which was the focus support study or marijuana or heroin or what ever else is next. People are trying to numb themselves and skinny and and we need to do a better job. Dealing with escape what the normal on well it's a normal health angst of being a teenager yet again. And the bit between nature and and we found ways and and probably for most of us it was not as much on the substance side. Sure there was substance abuse. But it's the normal thanks to being teens and you know remember the book. Future shock and health factors society was moving forty years ago it's. You know it's lightning speed now and so. The pressures teens sir are racing and then moving more into texting and interpersonal communication via. Digital approach is it's just. We knew we need to have more dialogue mortar. Interfacing and this injustice say. Normal for each thirteen this is normal operates fifteen to have those tanks and the purpose supplies and so over the lecherous. Try to find some waste talk about that. I mean there's a lot of resources out there I mean that the under over. A teen drinking serving doctor doctors and as the foundation preventing alcohol responsibility it responsible to dot org. Our web site at George Mason CA PH country and knew that media the resources out there for parents for young people turn. And and what's important is to have the dialogue. Just going back to the drinking age thirty years ago before that was passed a colleague of mine and in another state senate. He's talking with the governor there about raising the drinking age in hand on the so they raise the drinking engine alcohol related crash is went down and then a few years later politics. Cause them to lower the drinking age and guess what. Alcohol related crashes went down. And the reason was. They were having public dialogue. And so the public dialogue about the controversy breeze in rolling the age with a healthy thing. That ended up resulting in the public being more aware of the dangers associated with particularly teens and young adults drinking and driving. Higher public awareness. Lower problems so I think that same discussion is valid today whether it's Caroline or oxy Cotto. And other pain medications were kind enough marshals and the port the reality a lot of the pain but it's around as with life Weathers the economy here trafficker. Or just life in and and you know with so much of this we can do. Better and more naturally and and you know I I think. You know my sense on all of this if we have a societal will to deal with a there's plenty of ways to to address. The pain medication. You know heroin so. Right I appreciate your time running late we got to get to news is for you case study of an Alps. I dealt with my Hanks and I I swear to goodness is true with the red soda in two hostess cupcakes. Our that would do it for me I'm not advise neck because then people noticing ads on healthy should need. No liquidity it's all it's all a matter of faux moderation in and in doing doing as healthy as we can. We can keep that my country in mind it being as healthy as we can and then and living our potential we can do so much bad. Well that is what data for me thank you doctor precise time out we talk to you again all right family portrait that doctor David Anderson professor of education and human development. At George Mason University on an open a phone lines and we come back into six 1870 till three. 86688908. Sending. When did you start drinking did he keep you off of other drugs or did it leads you to other drugs and I'd be handled that with your kids. I know some parents that. You know closely both Israel and underage kids drank salons and on drive and what's a rule in your house where it like coming up before 9 o'clock more Steely Dan tickets to giveaway in much the lovely Monica Hernandez and channel four Ian leads about 63 did you know I did not have varied told statue as beautiful young woman good reporter to. I did did a story about Danny hunter. Former police officer detective that left. Because he just couldn't put up with a anymore in and so much is heard about. Recruiting. Officers it was a retention and and experienced people like Danny hunter will these to be in studio with us at 9 o'clock are very anxious to hear about stories as are we and we're talking about drinking right now and teen drinking and you know I'll I'll admit it now because I don't think my daughters listening although I am kitten because we have at the conversation about it. Ellis started drinking and has about eight screen. Out on it and while them that means part of the culture well it is and and that's probably not that unusual and no one knew exactly what the doctors said there was some things going on London and I guess and Nat peer pressure but. You know lot of kids were doing answer Leo we'd get our. Quart bottles of beer and and six and not advocating any of this believe me it was a mistake and and lord knows how many brain cells are destroyed that I could really use today. But I do think any NN. Obtuse way it kept me off of any other drugs as an amateur had the urge to smoke marijuana like other kids were doing on their. But I and I don't know young and both drugs are no one's better or any other other Nubian legal but if you thirteen and not legal. And edit knowledge is Aaron is that your doctor that you had the interview with Bart you know and it's just another drug so you were masking whatever horror or peer pressuring. With the blues blood. So maybe it could have been somebody else see. The only question I have is our teenagers really. Drink in less and are they really wait until it's when he won because I think they are I think inches gone. Under the surface or they found something else Alter their consciousness which brings up. Maybe philosophically another question because yet you yet cracked down on prescription pain pills he goes to heroin yet cracked down on something now sending a sign people. And you've seen in on this we intervention program where they they'd take that eons. That uses sprayed it called huffing and I think despray that the dust off of the computer thing apologies. And Zoellick a hundred of these a day after consciousness other people doing with paint people do with the airlines Lou. By airplane glue rather and for the model airplanes to see in other Yankee and the real planes together with glue at least I hope they're not. But the point is is it and is it normal to want all to your consciousness or is there always something going on. That makes you use a drug borrower. Chemical and yet. From mask the pain don't take always they're always haters are just some open in the human condition on that. You know we were elected old song the wildwood we would want take a trip and Everly the farm I don't know let's talk about it at T six though. 1870 toll free 866. 8890878. To David in Nolo week LA David. I'd dub record trade experiences that you would ball and two outs are seen down. Well. Being an open anyway I agree that you think this is disputed or alt. There's been a port. To treat low drop an entry and adult and mine is a low across the bowl topic just a reflection that general direction not just young kids. Secondly. Just like he's think they turn to drugs which they dropped it would heroin windows slate and out oh. And third I wouldn't think. All right and even said that colleges each has actually increased during which would lead you to believe. That those pent up entering what did you entering a change they ketchup the twenty ones that cause an outcrop and so that. Point is it's human nature. Trip architecture. Award she tried to do so upbeat. European model where Andy. So ought to transition children into it as a line you've seen at dinner where. So when you go to college it well about it stone bro uncle he then why are eggs. You bet. And done. And plot. Rebel much like it where I can make sure he's not achieved should jump and cynical about. Do when I'm down why. Controls which lets you friends. And but instead. Just the whole age so between general. Let's say sit at midnight when you charity keying you'd automatically. Ritual treatment follow that it's a process. And if you know you you can vote EP which you gotta be one coming it's ludicrous. It's all right number come from right David let me show you real quick on your eighteenth birthday. I did it I know a lot of people did it I know of somebody that dated just recently even though it wasn't legal. They got commode hide in Niekro and drunk on there eighteenth birthday. Well what authority in about seventy and so on did that before I was more likely trigger real quick I always thought they should be heard legal two year. Between seventy Antoine and want. Because you don't grow and turn it out and at large tree can and everything now (%expletive) different launched a transitional age group are really believe that. David appreciate you collar really Dylan and I points you made and at do you think yet the question why is when he won the magic agent is that the right age for everybody I think some people. 45 is not old enough they can handle their liquor. Or they have some other problems that cause in the turn on kinda other drugs from other people you know developmentally maybe eighteens okay biggie Metairie on Evan W on the morning. Can somebody who is explain to me how you can be. An adult legally. Through everything a team sport kit trying to be please explain that term. I can't what do you think. Politics you need to tell me somebody's taking his goal. Is not the vote for Barack Hussein Obama Padilla they realize they made a mistake they can't drown there are a few period. Four days we'll biggie at least attempt politics out of a Derrick in ocean springs good morning on DeVon WL. Today. You know it causes these kids to go to. Drugs and all that it's called it's called the relief bill will mean in the brain to steal beer chemical that's released in the brain. Google wanna puke. Well and that's what I'm asking you so whether your kid with a year. Young adult an old person is that something that's. Just inevitable is that part of human nature that you know like an animal I guess some animals do it if you find something that. Alters your consciousness and release is still the mean net. The MBE you're never gonna get people to not want to do this that maybe there aren't always underlying problems do you think there are. You noted even even like you just say animals do it and how watching the show or or he vetoed it. They these. There are watching these lions. And these lines were chewing on this client that they have never seen before and when they studied the client it was a elusive general. I knew Olusegun. Incredible event thank you Derek would get a time constraint and lady called in note saying. Thank you sir Preston. I want contaminant to think. Well it's more. They're expired hit it and marry you didn't pick. Experience in human condition on what we feel what we spirits and we look at. Jim dependency and my counselor that if they optical our relationship to mood altering chemical. In expectation. Or experience it out make GP. Why does one person ticket drink and monitoring more and other Kirk take a copilot 8 PM. All related to a human condition. So. You have if you have alcoholism in your family or drug abuse. Of any type that you would it be best to keep kids away from under tellem look grandpa had a problem with the pills. I've had a problem with the illusion mama much yourself very closely. Yeah it does it now perhaps you can do. There aren't there is in those that occur and that is apparently a com. Dip in and out of drugs because I'd make them feel they're spearmint. Gotcha thank you can and.