A new survey found that 17% of American high school students abused alcohol and drugs during the school day. The survey was conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. They also found that 86% of teens said they knew of peers who abused substances during school. About 1,000 students between the ages of 12 and 17 were surveyed by telephone. 60% of students said they knew of drugs being available on school grounds and 44% of those students knew of other peers selling drugs.
Marijuana was the most commonly sold drug at schools, and prescription drugs, cocaine, and ecstasy were also available. Just a year ago, 36% of students said their school was “drug infected.” However, this percentage has increased to 54% this year.
Emily Feinstein, project director of this survey, said, “The take away from this survey for parents is to talk to their children and get engaged in their children’s lives.”
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