Letter to the editor
Early intervention would put brakes on drug abuse
I am writing about a concern that effects our local students and community members. Drug, alcohol and substance abuse is an issue that's not only visible in the our community but also in our local schools.
Those with substance-abuse problems most commonly began in childhood or adolescence. In order to help solve this ongoing problem, our schools need a school based substance-abuse program.
A program like this would inform community members, staff, and parents about the risks of exposure to substances, solutions to help children, and ways of preventing the abuse. It would also help students realize the dangers and the consequences of substance abuse.
The earlier people begin using substances, the longer they use, and the larger amounts they use, the more serious and pervasive the negative consequences (Skara & Sussman, 2003). This issue is prominent in ages 12-18. It is unthinkable to imagine a 12 year old having a substance abuse problem, yet that is a reality.
Yet it is a reality that can be solved with a program like this. As a recent graduate I have seen many of my own classmates who need help with this. I believe that if we had a program like this in Estacada many of my peers would not be headed down a dangerous path.
I am hoping to bring awareness to this issue and to ask the community, parents, teachers, and friends to consider the youth of our town and what is truly best for them.