I think kids today have it worse in a different way.
I'm starting to see it more now as I get older, at the time I thought we had it pretty easy. I know I had it pretty easy. But now I'm starting to realize some things. I don't know if it is just my area, but there are a LOT of problems around here. For instance, many kids grow up with parents who are drug abusers--and the parents actually GIVE their children drugs!! There are also some kids around here who grew up with moms who have sex for drugs/money/cars/whatever. Drugs are easy to get. Weed was easy back then I guess, then later some harder stuff.. But it is easier for a 14 yr old to get cocaine than it is to get cigarettes. I remember when I was in highschool two of my friends stopped talking to me because I didn't want to smoke crack with them. They said I was "Scared" and a "loser" and stuff. Well whatever. I thought they were crazy.. BUT now I found out that it's because they're PARENTS introduced them to it!! Well the reason I didn't do anything like that was because my parents taught me that drugs were wrong, so who's to blame them for doing it because they're parents taught them that it was right? I also find that if one person in a group has a drug head mom/dad, the rest of the group will think it's really cool and go to THEIR house, where you think it's safe.. You can even call their mom who says "I'll take good care of them" then next thing you know they're 12 and drinking beer with college boys they never met before (which I did at my friend's 12th sleepover--with her mom HOME and AWARE OF IT!!)..
So I think that in general this is the result of hippie's having children. Of course there are many exceptions, like my parents who raised me 50s style (do everything right just for the sake of doing it right, even if it hurts you or others..).. I expressed myself by turning goth, but never did one drug in my life. Wrote a lot of poetry, did a lot of self-searching, and developed a very strong, individual mind (IMO) because of it. When I was younger I thought it was a curse to be raised as I was, now I am greatful and can't wait to raise my kids the same way when I have them