Are Drugs/Alcohol A Problem At Shawsheen And WHS?

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 Wilmington Patch readers -- How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at Wilmington High and Shawsheen Tech and do you feel enough is being done to combat it?

Use the comment section to post your responses.

Townie August 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Almost every day people are finding discarded needles in areas kids frequent. It is an epidemic. The days of beers and weed have been trumped by pills, coke and heroin. Tragedy in progress.
Brittany elizabeth August 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM
You guys are just now realizing wilmington has a drug problem? Its alittle late to have realized this. I knew of it when i first moved to this place. Its the suburbs there isnt much for the kids to do up here locally anyway so of course their going to find other means
Cindy Stratouly August 26, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I don't want to just assume there is a problem... Id like to see a survey done locally by local students. What can we as local adults do to either avoid a local problem or to help fix it?? Would a Youth Center help?? Do we have a place we can dedicate to our local youth?? Can we clean up places they might go to participate in dangerous behavior??
Natalie D August 26, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I agree there is a serious problem and not just in the high schools but in the middle school as well. I think the best solution would be to find the adults responsible for selling drugs to the community youth and remove them from the equation. More could be done to fight drug use & sale at school but I am unclear on the restrictions of the law. Drug sniffing dogs seem like a logical solution. Breathalyzer and drug tests in the nurses office for students suspected of being under the influence & maybe the threat of rehab over jail for the students who are addicts might encourage friends of addicts to reach out for help for their friends.
Tom August 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
It is a huge problem in every town & city. I agree with Cindy that a Youth Center or Boys & Girls club would help to guide some of these kids. The middle school & high school aged kids have nothing to do and nowhere to go. As for the ones who are involved in drug activities, it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out where the activity is and who is involved. Raid the areas where they congregate. Enforce a curfew in the parks & schoolyards. Keep making the arrests. And make your children aware of the drug issues in town. Do not hide it from them. Talk to them about it.
Stacie August 27, 2012 at 03:49 PM
It is a problem, when 4 young people OD and one dies in a week that is a problem.... I am sure every town has these issues. The question should be WHAT is going to be done about it. More drug enforcements maybe? Very sad, kids are way to young to mess up their lives.
Frank P. August 27, 2012 at 09:49 PM
We have a youth center at St. Thomas--very limited hours though. This has been an issue since Christ was a Cadet--not sure why it is "news" now!
chuck August 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM
its a huge problem, they should drug test and give breathalizers before high school and once they reach high school. the problem is much larger than people think. all kids should go to military school from middle up. a parent who has lived this horrible nightmare, it isn't just in Wilmington it is all surouding areas. People need to be more educated about the warning signs ! new friends, sleeping all the time scratching constantly. the list goes on.
Natalie D August 30, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Are the hours limited because of lack of volunteers? I would be willing to volunteer my time to keep kids busy if that's all it takes to keep them off drugs. What sorts of activities can a community offer that have enough allure to keep kids coming? I know the library offers some activities like movies...but as of yet I haven't been able to convince my kids to go.
Natalie D August 30, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Stacie, I don't think every town has this problem. We moved here from Bedminster NJ and these were not the problems facing our youth there. I have talked to my friends all over the US and Heroin is more of something you see in inner cities, not sleepy suburbs such as ours. Most communities might have an issue with teen drinking and recreational marijuana use...but we are talking about a drug that is hardcore... not something kids "experiment" with. If my HS health teacher were still alive I would ask her to come here and give a seminar...she scared the devil out of me as a kid... Mrs.Vergillo said if you use cocaine one time you can die and if you use heroin you are instantly addicted. I'm not sure if that's 100% true but I have never doubted mrs.Vergillo's facts.
MsJennie November 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM


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