Substance abuse is perhaps one of the most serious issues we face. There is no easy answer, but we certainly need to stop adding to the numbers. I believe a huge part of the answer lies in keeping our kids in school through graduation, thus making them ready for a smooth transition into the workforce. The most important factor is making sure there are job opportunities when they graduate. Of course, this goes full circle back to the need to change the anti-business status quo that has existed in Charleston for decades.