La Jolla Cluster Association to present anti-substance abuse ‘drama’ for parents and teens on April 9

By Sharon Jones,
La Jolla Cluster Association

A few weeks ago, there was a party for 13-year-olds in La Jolla and it became a drunk-fest after the kids started pouring hard liquor. That same weekend, at another La Jolla party, some eighth-graders tried marijuana for the first time. Drug and alcohol use is prevalent among La Jolla’s teenagers, just as it is prevalent among teenagers (and adults) across the country.

Sharon Jones

According to experts, nearly 75-percent of high school seniors have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) before graduation. More shocking, more than one-third has done so by the end of eighth grade.

According to a 2012 study, six percent of eighth-graders, 17 percent of tenth-graders, and 22 percent of twelfth-graders used marijuana in the past month. Six percent of twelfth-graders said they use marijuana every day.

A powerful anti-drug speaker is coming to La Jolla as part of acommunity-based effort to reduce teen drug and alcohol use. Our surprise guest will speak to the students at La Jolla High School on April 8 and 9. He will make a presentation to parents at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. He will address young people’s struggles with peer pressure, self-esteem dilemmas, violence, sex, alcohol, drugs and relationships.

As an organizer of the event, I can say you have never seen a presentation like this one. It will open your eyes to the reality and prevalence of drugs in our schools — and the lives of our children.”
This is a theatrical lecture presentation conceived and performed by a film and television actor. Some of his credits include “All My Children,” “New York Undercover,” “Malcom X,” and “Rising Sun.”

He gives a graphic tour of his descent into a life of drug and alcohol addiction that left him homeless in 1992.

A grant has paid for a portion of the speaking fee. Another $2,000 is still needed. The La Jolla Cluster Association (LJCA) is looking for organizations, companies and individuals to help sponsor the event. If you are interested in supporting this important cause, contact me via the LJCA website at

The talk to parents is open to the community. Tickets are $5 and available on the LJCA website.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, reducing underage drinking will require community-based efforts to monitor the
activities of youth and decrease their access to alcohol.  Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United
States — more than tobacco and illicit drugs — and is responsible for more than 4,700 youth deaths annually.
Teenagers’ alcohol use has adult support — nearly 40 percent say they got the alcohol from an unrelated person of legal drinking age. More
than 21 percent say they received alcohol from a parent, guardian or other adult family member.

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