Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

May 1, 2014

Youth Services counselor would offer sensible prevention

Editor, Townsman:

In referring to a proposal to spend $60,000 for an experienced substance abuse counselor, Andover should do it. As a caseworker in New York City in the mid-1960s and early 1970s, I’ve had my share of consoling parents because of their offspring’s early demise due to an overdose.

The answer from New York State to the problem of drug abuse in those days was the Rockefeller Program shielding society by locking abusers up. We could do that here, but society would benefit by having a sensible prevention program.

The big push for a youth center should include personnel who recognize the dangers of abuse in any form. Then and only then will that money be well spent.

Robert Stefani

South Main Street

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