While cocaine, the scourge of middle-class America, has attracted the attention of the nation, a deadly drug of two decades ago has resurfaced and is rising in popularity among adolescents.
Over the past two years, lysergic acid diethylamide the notorious LSD has been on a steady increase, so much so that "we've been making seizures left and right throughout the United States," said the deputy chief of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.In some urban areas, LSD is probably the No. 3 drug with adolescents, behind alcohol and marijuana.
Its residual effects on the mind are horrid. Flashbacks, the re-living of the high, have been experienced by users several years after they took the drug. It did, indeed, turn on its users but it also made some of them drop out of fourth-story windows in the belief that they could fly.
An educational campaign was successful. LSD was abandoned even by the counter-culture.
But that was two decades ago, before today's users were born. To them, it is new, captivating, something of a cheap thrill. They don't know it's an ogre out of the past, a brain-altering evil, a killer rather than a thriller.
They must be told.