Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships Presents: An Evening with David and Nic Sheff (Angelico Hall, Dominican University)

Presented by Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships • Moderated by Michael Krasny • This event is free

Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships (MHYP) will host a book reading and discussion with David Sheff and Nic Sheff, authors of the new book High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction. The discussion 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 and Tweak. The 2018 film, Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nic, were adapted from both memoirs. Additionally Nic Sheff is the author of We All Fall Down and David Sheff authored Clean. 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 chance 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. 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. This is also a unique opportunity to hear the realities of substance use specific to Marin County and create 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 county.

  • 67% of Marin County 11th graders report they have been engaged in illicit alcohol and other drug use to get high.
  • 28% of Marin County 11th graders report having been “very drunk, sick or high” seven or more times.
  • 31% of Marin County 11th graders report either that they have either driven a car after using alcohol or other drugs or been driven by a friend who has used alcohol or other drugs.
  • 32% of Marin County 11th graders report using cannabis in the past 30 days. 30% of 11th graders see slight to no harm in daily cannabis use.
  • 28% of 11th graders report using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices in the past 30 days in Marin County, 47% have done so over their lifetime with 32% doing so four or more time. Rates of e-cigarette use has doubled among 7th, 9th and 11th graders in the past two years 2015/16-2017/18.
  • While Marin County has been ranked for the ninth time in 10 years as the number one healthiest county in California (out of 58 counties) it has among the highest binge drinking rates and motor vehicle deaths related to intoxication in California as 20% of adults report binge drinking in the past 30 days.
    (Source: California Healthy Kids Survey, 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings)

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 alter the perceptions 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 lead 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 - monitored and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and MHYP partners with young people, families, schools and other community organizations to promote a thriving environment. For more information, visit:


Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction By David Sheff, Nic Sheff Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544644342
Availability: Backordered
Published: Clarion Books - January 8th, 2019