Monday, March 22, 2010

Town Shows Success In Fighting Substance Abuse

From the Somerville News (March 19):

After years of hard work, local officials in Massachusetts are seeing the silver lining. Through a program established in 2002, authorities created a series of initiatives to monitor attitudes and compliance with laws pertaining to teenage substance abuse. The program shows promising results as there are significant decreases alcohol, marijuana, and inhalant use.

One measurement of success, the risky behavior survey, focuses on the frequency of consumption among youth. According to the survey, inhalant use has decreased nearly 50% since the 2003.

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