Reader writes: Can we prevent drug abuse?

February 14, 2014 

An ounce of prevention

Are you the parent of a teen and believe that prevention of drug abuse and other problems resulting from pernicious compulsions is better than mopping up the mess afterward? “A stitch in time”? If so, read on.

After someone already has the monkey on their back, there are plenty of people who will gladly take your money, nod with an empathic smile and ask, “How do you feel about that?” What if the insurance company or Medicaid says, “You have reached your limit”? As for prevention efforts in the public schools, in which some principals have counselors doing non-counseling duties, where is the “stitch in time” there? But in their defense, the dollar has been stretched thin, and government can do just so much.

I have some ideas that will require some concerned citizens with some means and local influence. You don’t have to be Warren Buffett to participate. Send me an email at so we can start a discussion.

John Radford

Retired school counselor

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