LA CA—ADA FLINTRIDGE ? Tobacco use is the most common gateway to alcohol and drug abuse, a psychologist who studies foothill teen substance abuse told community leaders Saturday.
Psychologist Paul Royer also said that children of overly-dominant or permissive parents are most likely to abuse drugs or alcohol; older teens and young adults who would normally be away at college are hanging around town and contributing to the teen substance abuse problem; and more 13- and 14-year-olds are using drugs and alcohol.
Community leaders discussed the data and other issues during the Teen Alcohol Summit Meeting at La Cañada Flintridge City Hall.
Raising public awareness, improving parent and teen education, closing the high school campus, making sure stores aren't selling to minors and changing the culture of the community were some of the ideas that came out of the summit.