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Are drugs and alcohol the #1 problem you face?

In a recent poll, the Spokesman-Review asked: What’s the biggest problem our kids face? Most of 800 people ranked drugs and alcohol.

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Problems within the family was a close second--pretty much a tie.

Ask a similar question anywhere in the country and drugs and alcohol would probably be No. 1 or No. 2, said Del Ali of Research 2000, a Kensington, Md., company that conducted the surveys in late March.

“That’s a top concern,” said Ali, who handled the polling for The Spokesman-Review, KHQ, KXLY and KSPS as part of a month-long media partnership to highlight problems with child abuse and neglect. “It’s not necessarily ‘my son or daughter is engaging in it,’ but they fear that the influence is there.”

QUESTION: What do you think? Is this the biggest problem facing youth today?

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