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Are Drugs/Alcohol A Problem At Reading and North Reading High Schools?

New national study indicates that drug and alcohol use during the school day is a bigger problem than previously thought.

According to a new study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, roughly 17 percent of American high school students engage in smoking, drinking or doing drugs during the school day.

The study also said that approximately 86 percent of students indicated that they knew of classmates who abuse drugs or alcohol during the school day.

This was the 17th such study conducted by the NCASA. The group interviewed more than 1,000 students ages 12-17, according to an article appearing on Huffington Post.

Perhaps more disturbing aspects to the survey included roughly 50 percent of the students indicating there was a place on there campus where students reguarly went to do drugs or drink alcohol. And about 44 percent said they knew of a classmate selling drugs, according to the Huffington Post article.

So we pose these questions to Reading and North Reading Patch readers -- How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at and and do you feel enough is being done to combat it?

Use the comment section to post your responses.

Peregrinecam September 04, 2012 at 11:16 PM
ANNNNDDDDD what are you talking about dan "I too see a problem in the school age kids. It seems like heroin is running wild." this is ridiculously infantile please post so i can ruin you in a debate
01867 September 05, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Most of these comments include generalizations. Hockey is a sport, not a mentality. Not all hockey players do drugs. Not every person who graduates from RMHS has done drugs. That is not to mean that there is not a problem in Reading with drugs. I graduated from RMHS, and am proud to say I was on the girls’ hockey team. Being in school with many of the people referenced here I think it is unfair to say that the good kids did not help their teammates. Being in high school you have a lot to deal with, between school and athletics. Many of the “good kids” on the boys’ team had a lot of pressure on them from their coaches, parents, and teammates. It is the responsibility of the parents not the other kids. I know Mrs. Wyer’s son and he is a good person. I’m sick of hearing about the hockey team. It’s about the parents. Hopefully having a new AD who will not look the other way will help as well.
Cheryl Buono September 07, 2012 at 02:11 AM
http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/articles/2012/09/05/report_bu_hockey_has_sex_entitlement_culture/ Nope, not hockey!
This Guy September 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
"On one level, what our work found is something that is common at any big school or college or university that has elite athletic programs and that is that there is a subset of the population for whom the athletes are considered stars and receive adulation and special treatment," Provost Jean Morrison said not just the hockey team stated right there. They clearly state these kids are brought up thinking they are allstars and can do whatever they want look at Dukes lacrosse team a few years back. To blame the hockey team is unfair and unjust..the parents and the establishments that treated these kids like stars are more to blame. Buono you clearly have a whole seperate issue with the hockey team and must be losing your kids to drugs solely because you do not know how to raise a teen. Im tired of seeing adults blame other people for their kids actions it is time for all of you to man up and learn to educate your kids on drugs and life and stop preaching to everyone else how they need to save society when it is your doing.
Charles Towne September 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Are Drugs/Alcohol A Problem At Reading High School? Apparently, yes. 38 Minors Charged With Possession of Alcohol in Reading

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