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Kudos for Laura Lerner; drug culture is difficult issue for young people

Becky Richmond - Summit County

I would like to express my admiration and congratulations to Laura Lerner, co-editor of Summit High School’s newspaper, Tiger Tracks, for choosing to report on the negative effects of marijuana use.

It is a difficult and controversial subject for both young people as well as adults, and I would like to commend Laura’s bravery for speaking her truth.

I believe that we have a drug and alcohol abuse problem in our community and that it is adversely affecting many of our young people.

I feel that the best way we can address this issue is with open communication – letting the skeletons out of the closet, so to speak.

From personal experience, I know that our young people are under tremendous pressure to participate in the drug culture.

Not only are drugs easily obtainable in our community, but the opportunities to use them without proper consequences are also abundant.

We should not feel guilty or ashamed by this problem, (unless of course we are using drugs with our children), but I believe that more and different action is needed.

The typical anti-drug lecture is falling on deaf ears. Unfortunately, we just sound like “well-intentioned geeks whose brains have been scrubbed spotless by hypocritical antidrug protagonists,” (“Beyond the Yellow Brick Road,” Bob Meehan, p. 108).

I am hopeful that as a community, by opening these lines of communication and acknowledging that our children are struggling, we might begin to impart a different value system for them as well as ourselves.

By taking action, I believe we can return to our children the opportunity to earn their highs. Let’s also remember that drugs can make sick people well, but they also make well people sick.

Becky Richmond

Summit County

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