School is out, summer has arrived, and, let’s be honest, it’s pure excitement for kids around the country. No more studying, lunch lines, backpacks or bus rides; no more stress—just a few months of complete bliss, an infinite recess.
In most circumstances, that ideal depiction holds true. But, summertime isn’t always all sunshine and popsicles for our youth. With more free time and less adult supervision and accountability, summertime also increases the likelihood of experimentation and exposure to the dangers of substance abuse.
Read Rosecrance Administrator of Child & Adolescent Services Stephen Smith’s opinion piece in Rockford Register Star | rrstar.com: “My View: Summertime and increased substance abuse among youth”