Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships Presents: An Evening with David and Nic Sheff
Michael Krasny Moderates a Discussion on Addiction and Recovery with Local Authors

MARIN COUNTY, CA – August 23, 2019  – Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships (MHYP) will host a book read and discussion with David and Nic Sheff, authors of the new book High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction (2019). The discussion, to be held on October 16, 2019 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Dominican University’s Angelico Hall, will be moderated by Michael Krasny, host of Forum, a news and public affairs program on NPR-member radio station, KQED-FM.  David and Nic Sheff have authored several New York Times best selling books on the realities of drug and alcohol use, including Beautiful Boy (2008) and Tweak (2007). The 2018 film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet (who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nic), was adapted from both memoirs. Additionally, Nic Sheff is the author of We All Fall Down (2011) and David Sheff authored Clean (2013).  The Sheff books will be on sale at the event, which is free, in support of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

This is an incredible opportunity for local parents and youth to understand the risks of experimenting with drugs and how stress, pressure and confusion can trigger adolescent substance use. David and Nic Sheff will share their experiences as father and son and discuss how addiction entered their lives. Approximately one in 10 kids will get addicted to substances over their lifetime and the earlier a child starts, the more likely they will have substance use issues later in life. Parents and youth will learn about the realities of substance use specific to Marin County and begin a dialogue about its impact on our community.

Marin County has significantly higher rates of alcohol, cannabis, and other drug use, both among youth and adults, when compared to the rest of California and across the country.  

  • 67% of Marin County 11th graders report they have been engaged in illicit alcohol and other drug use to get high.

  • 31% of Marin County 11th graders report either that they have driven a car after using alcohol or other drugs or been driven by a friend who has used alcohol or other drugs.

  • 30% of Marin County 11th graders see slight to no harm in daily cannabis use. 

  • Rates of e-cigarette use has doubled among 7th, 9th and 11th graders in the past two years.

  • While Marin County has been ranked the number one healthiest county in California  (out of 58 counties) for 9 out of the past 10 years, it has among the highest binge drinking rates among adults, as well as motor vehicle deaths related to intoxication and drug overdose deaths.

(Sources: 2017-18 California Healthy Kids Survey, 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings)

Given these statistics, Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships believes that it is imperative that we work together to improve our local conditions to create a healthier environment to reduce the risks and harms of underage substance use. We believe that, collectively as a community, we can do so.

In addition to the speaking event, MHYP is working with local libraries, schools and other youth organizations on a Community Read campaign around the book High. Learn more at  


MHYP works to reduce underage substance use including tobacco, cannabis, alcohol and other drugs using data, education and community events to encourage discussion and change norms that drive use. 

Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships began with a small, determined and dedicated group of volunteers in Larkspur, Corte Madera and the Ross Valley community focused on the local conditions that have led to underage use in Marin. The Twin Cities Coalition for Healthy Youth, Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative and The Coalition Connection are now all working together as Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships.

MHYP work is funded by a federal Drug-Free Communities grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is monitored and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. MHYP partners with young people, families, schools and other community organizations to promote an environment in which our youth can thrive.

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