A new survey is out on American teens and their use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Sit down, because the numbers are truly startling.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University conducted the survey. They found that nearly 9 out of 10 high school students say they have classmates who are drinking and smoking and taking drugs during the school day.
In fact, it appears that approximately 17 percent of high schoolers use drugs, drink and smoke during school hours.
The survey also revealed that 44 percent of teens know a student who sells drugs at their school. Asked what drugs students sell on school grounds, 91 percent said marijuana; 24 percent said prescription drugs; 9 percent said cocaine; and 7 percent said ecstasy.
In addition, more than half of students surveyed say there is a place on school grounds or near school where students go to get high during the school day. And 60 percent of high schoolers say that they attend a drug-infected school, where drugs are used, kept, or sold on school grounds.
By the way, if your child attends a private school, things may not be much different there. More than half of private high school students say their school is drug-infected, a 50 percent increase over the past year, The Columbia University survey showed the gap between drug-infected public and private schools is closing.
Join me tomorrow, when I’ll tell you how social networking by teens is actually contributing to this problem. We’ll also discuss some proactive things that YOU can do to help your child resist the temptation to abuse drugs and alcohol.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.