Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs (BDAP) will now be represented by a cabinet level secretary – which is a promotion of sorts, it means that a bureau becomes a department, or something like that. Anyways, some politician with a heroin addict son fought for this for 6 six years, so it’s a big deal to someone somewhere. Here’s the fun part:
he hopes the change from bureau to department will mean more money for drug and alcohol addiction treatment, a service being funded this year with about $200 million.
- didn’t use alcohol in the last 30 days – increased by 1.41%
- say they have never used alcohol – increased by 1.5%
- haven’t driven while intoxicated in the past year – went down by 3/10 of a percentage point (not good, but not significant either).
- say they’d be more likely to work for an employer who randomly drug and alcohol tests his employees -increased by 1.1%
- have never used marijuana – increased by 1.18%
- have never used other illegal drugs – increased by 2/10 of a percentage point
- say they first used alcohol between the ages of 12-14 – decreased by almost a whole percentage point! (.87%)
- believe that people are at great risk of harming themselves physically and in other ways when they have five or more alcoholic beverages once or twice a week – increased by 2/10 of a percent.
- strongly disapprove of someone their age trying marijuana or hashish once or twice – increased by 2.69%