Lead researcher Dr. Lloyd Johnston says the group has never seen such a dramatic drop in the use of an established illicit drug as they’re seeing now with LSD. In both the 2000 and 2001 surveys, 6.6 percent of high-school seniors reported that they’d used LSD in the previous year. In 2002, the figure dropped to 3.5 percent. And in the most recent survey, from 2003, only 1.9 percent of high-school seniors claim to have dropped acid.
Hilariously, the drop in usage is partially attributed to the Grateful Dead and Phish ending stopping their endless touring. More siginficantly, the DEA busted the LSD motherlode in two arrests in rural Kansas in 2000. Apparently these guys basically had the market cornered, and now they’re doing life sentences. So, no supplier, no drugs.
Maybe LSD needs rebranding. Like, it should be spelled ac1D, and maybe Dennis Hopper could become its hip spokesperson. “Kids, I’ve done my own weight in ac1D, and I’m a major motion picture star. What are you waiting for?”