Prevention Works –
July 25, 2018 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh presented a new plan Tuesday to prevent youth substance use that he said he hopes marks a “historical turning point” in Boston. The 62-page document highlights the need to address racial, ethnic, gender, and economic inequities that contribute to substance use among youth. It acknowledges that young people of color often experience disadvantages in trying to access treatment and support. The report recommends focusing on the issues underlying substance abuse. Walsh, introducing the plan at City Hall, contrasted this approach with the “Just Say No” campaigns of the ’80s and ’90s, which the mayor said failed to address the reasons young people turn to drugs and alcohol.