At the end of the 1960s, illegal drug use was believed to be very high among the teenage population, including Jewish teenagers. Since many youth turn to drugs as solutions to their problems, community centers can help address this problem by providing safe and supportive environments for teenagers to grapple with daily life. Nevertheless, centers across North America have had to develop drug policies and to consider whether to collaborate with local police in the location and identification of drug users and pushers. Center staff especially are not allowed to use drugs on center premises, though centers remain torn about how much to interfere in the habits of those staffers outside of work. Overall, the center, through its work with Jewish youth, faces the drug problem head on and must be prepared to find solutions in its own way.
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Brail, Sid L. Boeko, Jack. Greenblatt, Gerald. Scher, Don. The Drug Problem - A Community Center Experience. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1970: