Health Care Sleuths – Not!

A federal agency Wednesday reported that some baby boomers still get high. Wow! Didn’t see that coming. I mean, who knew? Be still my beating heart. In an effort to retain some semblance of decorum in this missive, I will set aside my instinctive reaction to the news and avoid saying, No shit.

All humor aside (well, almost) it’s good to know that the acting administrator of the  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Eric Broderick, is on top of things – or maybe not. The AP quotes Mr. Broderick as saying that the continued use of illicit drugs by baby boomers "is likely to put further strains on the nation’s health care system." Likely? You mean he isn’t sure if using illegal drugs might, say, cause health problems severe enough to require, wait for it, medical attention? Mr. Broderick’s powers of deduction would shame Sherlock Holmes.

As much as I love President Barack Obama, I happen to think he will turn out to be one of our country’s greatest presidents, it’s good to know our federal agencies have not lost their ability to appear, in a word, high.

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