The inauguration of a new President predictably carries with it a sense of optimism about what lies ahead for our country. During these particularly troubling times, this inauguration is accompanied by an especially high level of hope for change. Recent, and sharp, drops in alcohol and drug use by young people offer yet another reason for hope. Brought about, in part, by a federal commitment to youth education and prevention programs, these declines reinforce the urgency and effectiveness of reaching out to young people with credible reasons why alcohol and drug use are detrimental to their physical and emotional development, not to mention their academic, athletic, and social progress.
Indeed, despite this positive news, much work remains to be done.
Stephen’s new column, That Great Big Hill of Hope, discusses this issue in greater detail.