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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.

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
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wilmington-Substance-Abuse-Coalition/296593140463929?fref=ts

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