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Teenagers need career counseling

Students walk across the campus of UCLA in

Students walk across the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles on April 23, 2012. Credit: Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian

Columnist Lane Filler’s excellent commentary about following Iceland’s successful idea of involving teens in more sports or structured activities to curb alcohol and drug abuse should also include career orientation [“How to cut abuse? Try Iceland’s idea,” Opinion, Feb. 16].

Teens involved in developing their natural talents and career goals potentially derive genuine and deep fulfillment and purpose — more than the temporary highs and comforts of drugs.

Educators must take the lead in developing more structured and ongoing career orientation programs in our schools to awaken students to the vast array of exciting opportunities in all fields.

Fred Barnett, Lake Grove