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How Big Of A Problem Are Drugs/Alcohol At Medford 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 studentsm 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 Medford Patch readers -- How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at Medford Highand do you feel enough is being done to combat it?

Use the comment section to post your responses.

kc August 30, 2012 at 03:35 AM
As a former mhs student I can honestly say it is all talk. People may perceive that others are using either drugs or alcohol but it is almost never true. In my four years at mhs I knew of one instance in which two students used drugs during the regular school day. These two students were caught and dealt with. Like all high schools student tried to sneak alcohol into dances or come drunk but they always got caught and this wasn't during the regular day! My opinion Dr Kreuger ran a tight ship at MHS and students respected this. With him drugs and alcohol were never an issue. Time will only tell with the new guy....
Tike joseph August 30, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I graduated ten years ago in a class that drug use was out of control. In classrooms, in the woods, and anywhere else you could imagine.i remember the administration implementing a policy in which if the nurse thought you were impaired you would be taken to lawrence memorial and blood was taken. I'm not sure if the policies are as strict but I'm sure the drug use is not as hardcore, but definitly something to still be concerned about.anyone else have any insight or a better first hand assessment?
Tike joseph August 30, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Your crazy kc
stevieB August 30, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I graduated in 2004 and let me tell you...smoking weed in the woods, in the parking lot and on the field was rampant..popping pills just started and kids who take them usually between classes...many many would leave during lunch and never return...study breaks were naps for the stoned..out of control..and it was every walk of life..boys girls smart white black...it has to be even worse now.
Tike joseph August 31, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Why is this not the proper venue to at least start a dialogue ?
Monique August 31, 2012 at 03:35 AM
This is a serious issue, and by not talking about it , doesnt make it go away. if you put your head under your blaket, when the monster comes in the room the monster can still see you. maybe you should change your name to unconcerned citizen
L. Martin September 03, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Drug use, and particularly heroine, is rampant in Medford, and not just at the high school level. It is everywhere and it is in this city, in your neighborhood, right down the street from your house. It is all over the high school and has been for years. You are very lucky if you get through unscathed.
cindy September 06, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I didn't attend MHS, I am a former CRLS student in the 90's. Crack, weed and alcohol was everywhere. I only drank a little. During those years I had a cousin who attended MHS he got so wrapped up in coke,pills and shrooms it was ridiculous. took him years to get off the hard stuff, he is still a pot head to this day. During the years my cousin was on coke my aunt turned a blind eye to it until it got bad. Abusing drugs has nothing to do with the area or who you hang out with, It has to do with the individual, you can be the best parent give your child everything but when it comes down to your child is being offered drugs he/she will make the decision to use. My youngest cousin just graduated MHS and he is clean and smart.

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