I worked with a head start program that served migrant workers from south texas, and sometimes mexico. I think especially among the children, you found very little drug abuse. I very rarely heard of adults getting drunk either. These people lived so far removed from our commercial society, that they wore only used clothing, had few toys, maybe a pair of shoes that wasn't broken. The kids all went to summer school, were eager to go, and respectful of all adults in a way that made me think it was still the 50's. I think the causes of drug abuse are not rooted in poverty but in alienation. Poor as they were, these kids had families.
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