"The National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. strongly endorses and support the comments made in the Press Release on Organizations Urge Candidates to Include Family Recovery in Addressing Addiction, for in our view the impact of addiction on African American families combined with poverty and a high rate of unemployment leads to their children being involved in more juvenile delinquent offenses which further leads to adult crime and Mass Incarceration."
"The focus on the children in these families, frequently where only the mother or other caretaker is involved leads to the child or children not having adequate parental supervision and also being depressed. truant, failing in school and dropping out of school without graduating from high school. and results in the children's emotional instability and mental health problems, experimentation with alcohol and illegal drugs, sex as teenagers and unwanted pregnancies, and the increase of neglect and abuse cases and our welfare roles"
"For these reasons, we are of the strong view that focus on the service needs of these children and recovery of families living in poverty, unemployed, and who are minorities in this country is most critical by all candidates running for office, from the President of the United States, State and local officials and all the way down to County Commissioner who have the authority and power to deal with the physical and mental health needs of children in families throughout the United States.."
Arthur L. Burnett, Sr.