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Are Drugs/Alcohol a Problem at 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 Winchester Patch readers -- How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at , and do you feel enough is being done to combat it?

Use the comment section to post your responses.

Jennifer August 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I understand that this does occur regularly at WHS. Students in all grades are able to leave the campus and return because there is insufficient staffing to monitor all the doors.
Steve Stahovich August 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Maybe parents need to start exerting a little more authority with their kids. Parents should be parenting. Too many kids are left home alone, and parents arent asking enough questions. Forget about the pot smoking, more children are popping pills. Nearly one out of 5 use illicit drugs. Teens in treatment tell myteensavers that frequent conversations and home drug testing can detect early use before it becomes addiction.
Allene Murphy August 29, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Oh Please.. this has been a BIG problem for years. They call it drug city Winchester. Walk down any hall or down town .. put your hand out with the cash & walk away with any drugs you want. WAKE UP WINCHESTER!!!!!! Dont blame the schools for open campus or not enough staffing.. they bring into the schools and NOT only drugs Booze too. like I said WAKE UP!!!
Lisa August 30, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Allene I think you are the one being naive. It's not just Winchester and it's NOT because of money. Yes, more money means easier access, but drugs in schools have been in ALL schools for MANY years. Thirty years ago, my national blue-ribbon, economically and ethnically diverse school had the same. Even goodies like me knew who took drugs, who dealt drugs, and where they were dealt. EVERYONE knew. Things haven't changed, and the town doesn't matter. Read Steve's comments above, and apply everwhere, liberally and regularly.

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