My family has recently been very close to a teenager with a substance reliance problem. If you were to just look at her circles of friends, it seems like 100% of teenagers have these issues. Most of them refuse to acknowledge its a problem (mostly becuase its not a problem for them, actually). It is very painful to all involved.
I happened to be re-reading an employment policy of a company I know. The policy says that this company is a "drug free workplace". It goes on to say that:
"The illegal use of drugs is a national problem that seriously affects every American. Drug abuse not only affects individual users and their families, but it also presents new dangers for the workplace."
So, if this is true, and if its wide spread, where are all these kids with substance reliance issues going to work? Are there places who consider the illegal use of drugs to be beneficial to the workplace? Where will they go when they leave the nest? Many of them are leaving the nest under less than optimal situations.
They're like baby and dead seagulls. You don't really see them that much, but they're around.