WHEN I first sat down to write this editorial, I did so with the enthusiasm and optimism that match the upcoming holiday season for Christians and Jews. I then reviewed the articles to be published in this December issue, and my state of optimism was somewhat shaken.
Rosenberg and associates1 inform us that our young rural children are dosed with cocaine and opiates to the same high degree as urban children. Arria et al2 report that an increasing proportion of our children and youth carry nonlethal and lethal weapons, with an apparent progression (regression?) from nonlethal to lethal as they age. Naureckas and associates3 provide data showing that modern technology has not caught up with all manufacturers, so there are still many guns available that can be fired by children, probably including many of those represented in the study by Arria et al. And just in case