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Drug use and sales with young people and near our schools

 

Letter to the Editor

 

With the end of school near, proms, graduations and summer parties are on the minds of many people in San Antonio. The San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SACADA) and our Circles of San Antonio (COSA) Coalition partners have been taking proactive steps to educate students of all ages, and young adults, about the dangers of irresponsible alcohol and drug consumption.

 

While San Antonio has recently seen a decline in alcohol-related fatalities (drunk driving accidents), we have consistently experienced higher rates than the national average. This is unacceptable. To that end, many local, county and state agencies and nonprofits are working hard to help curb excessive alcohol use and binge drinking. Drinking to intoxication can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. The disturbing stories that the Express-News reports on about drug use and sales with young people and near our schools  gives us further cause for concern.

 

SACADA and the Coalition continue to bring alcohol and drug awareness and education programs into our schools, colleges, community centers and youth programs. It’s critical that parents and members of the public help us to address this growing problem. 

 

 

Pam Armstrong

Executive Director

San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse