All library database searches can be configured to bring you the results most specific to your search. Check each database search screen for options which let you "limit" your search to articles published within a certain year or years, with a certain number of pages in length or articles whose full text is available in the database.
Try searching these databases with the name of your social problem coupled with the term education; for instance:
poverty and education
drug abuse and education
These databases contain articles from journals that cater to the professional educator.
These databases cover a variety of topics and include scholarly journal articles on education.