The recent passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan was a sad occasion. Many heartwarming stories unfolded, but I found myself particularly fascinated by her personal war on drugs.
In 1980, then soon to be First Lady Nancy Reagan found her calling on the campaign trail. It started at a New York City substance abuse clinic. It continued during her husband’s two terms as president. She was moved by the great work at these clinics and took on the noble endeavor of making drug prevention a part of the public dialogue.
Drugs were a problem in the early 1980’s (See: Pablo Escobar). Mrs. Reagan’s particular concern wasn’t just the infiltration of South Beach nightclubs though. The real fear was our youth. And our schools. We don’t want little Miss 4th grader Sally around, offered, or tempted by drugs.Her recommendation for Little Miss Sally? [Read more…]