Students Getting High During School Survey Shows

A recent study done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has obtained some alarming results: 17 percent of American high school students are smoking cigarettes, drinking or using drugs during the school day. Of the 1,003 students surveyed, 86 percent affirmed that they knew their classmates were using drugs or alcohol during the school day while more than half admitted that they knew of places on or close by campus where students could go to smoke, drink or get high.

Marijuana was said to be the most easily obtainable drug, followed by prescription drugs, cocaine and ecstasy. In fact, almost 44 percent of students surveyed admitted that they know of a fellow classmate who sells drugs. Many parents claim that private schools may offer a better environment for their children, but the number of students attending private schools who reported drugs on school grounds increased from 36 percent in 2011 to 54 percent in 2012.

High School May Pose Dangerous Risks

High school is a wonderful place for a teen to learn and grow, but it may also pose dangers that parents may be unaware of. Peer pressure is an epidemic that affects hundreds of teens every day and now, with the Internet making available many social networks, there emerges a new form of peer pressure, appropriately referred to as digital peer pressure.

Teens admitted that their curiosity of drinking or using drugs increased after viewing pictures of other kids partying. In fact, another recent study of over 10 million online messages, written by teens within the past year, revealed that they commonly talk about using drugs, drinking alcohol, hooking up and partying. Many teens may agree that drinking and using drugs is cool and “in” and chatting with their peers over the internet offers a more private and quiet way to talk about this topic without their parents realizing it. The Internet also provides users with information and tutorials on how to use and obtain certain drugs as well as how to hide their use from parents and authorities.

What Can We Do To Prevent Teen Drug Use

It is clear that through education, people can obtain information and in turn, make good decisions for themselves. Schools should offer more courses such as the well-known D.A.R.E. program that specialize in drug and alcohol abuse as well as how to handle peer pressure. Parents can talk with their teens more and inform them of the dangers of using drugs and alcohol.

Teens should also be made aware of the social consequences of using drugs such as rumors or embarrassing pictures being posted on the Internet as well as the repercussions that may come from doing things you wouldn’t normally do if you weren’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol. By educating our children and giving them the knowledge to make smart choices in their lives, we are sure to see a change in these statistics for the better and turn this cycle around.

In addition to school education from teachers and peer leaders and parent student communication, Narconon centers offer an effective drug prevention and education program that has been proven to be successful.

The Narconon centers drug education program does not use scare tactics. Instead it educates teens on what drugs are and about their side effects. Real stories also let teens know what can happen when someone is caught in the trap of addiction.

Those receiving drug education from Narconon centers were less likely to try drugs. For more information on this program contact us today.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/annual-survey-finds-17-pe_n_1824966.html

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