How Big Of A Problem Are Drugs/Alcohol At Andover High School?

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 indicated that approximately 86 percent of students indicated that they knew of classmates who abused 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 their 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 Andover Patch readers -- How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at Andover High School and do you feel enough is being done to combat it?

Use the comment section to post your responses.

Sheila August 30, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I read the statistics and I really want to know how serious the problem is. My son is in 8th grade at West Middle. He knows it goes on. How do I keep him away from it?


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