Pubdate: Sun, 28 Oct 2001
Source: Ogdensburg Journal/Advance News (NY)
Copyright: 2001 St. Lawrence County Newspapers Corp
Contact: Accepts LTEs by mail only!
Author: Charles Kelly


I don't usually agree with Larry Seguin, who often writes to us about what 
he feels is the uselessness of the war on drugs.  But we do agree with him 
that the Seaway Valley Council for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention 
in Canton (NY) is doing a real disservice by surveying the 18 school 
districts in the county on drug use, but not insisting that the results be 
broken down by individual school district.  Parents can handle the shock.

The individual school board members and school administrators should tell 
the council their districts will not participate if the results are not 
broken down by schools.

St. Lawrence County is too large for county-wide results to serve any real 
purpose. Communities need to know how they are doing compared to other 
communities in St. Lawrence County.

Members of the county legislature should also insist that the agency break 
the results down.  If they don't the results won't mean anything because 
everyone will say that the drugs are in other communities or another school 
district. If the survey is forthright, the parents, school boards and 
school "family" will know.
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