Sound strategy needed to help community’s youth

No one person or organization in the South Sound is more affected by the rapidly shifting landscape of social values and mores than those working to prevent youth violence and substance abuse and promoting healthy lifestyles for our children.

Public acceptance of responsible marijuana use by adults, for example, symbolized by last year’s passage of decriminalization laws in Washington and Colorado, is trickling down to young people. The most recent statewide Healthy Youth Survey found that high school students are twice as likely to smoke pot as cigarettes.