YOUR TURN: Drugs & Alcohol at MHS

New national study indicates that drug and alcohol use during the school day is a bigger problem than previously thought. Do you think it's a problem at the local level? Discuss with other Maldonians below.

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 their campus where students regularly 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 wanted to ask our readers: How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at Malden High, and do you feel enough is being done to combat it?

Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section below.

paul surette August 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Kathy, let's not kid ourselves here...some kids in school are well connected when it comes to buying, selling, or taking drugs. To imply that the present MHS isn't involved with drugs like 'the old days' is naive. There's a different breed of drugs today.All you can do as a parent, is keep a close eye, or leash, on your kids. Be a parent FIRST, not a friend. If you're involved with your kids, then you will know if 'something' is up with them.
Jennifer August 29, 2012 at 09:38 PM
My daughter is starting her Sophomore year and she has told me on more than one occasion that she has smelled marijuana in the stairways in the C house. She has smelled the smoke and has seen "weed" on the floor in the stairway. I'm happy for the kids that see nothing and know nothing but I don't believe for a minute that nothing is going on.
Liz August 30, 2012 at 12:58 AM
While the two graduates mentioned above want people to know the good that is going on at MHS, they do know that there are occasional drug issues. All schools no matter what town has drug issues. They are just tired of people trying to say that the whole school is bad and there is a rampant drug problem. There is a lot of good at the school and that is what they want people to notice more.
Michael Victor August 30, 2012 at 09:24 AM
Mostly real good kids. Its too bad they always take the wrap for the bad ones. Really dissapointed in Patch on this one serves no purpose particularly at this point. Mr Brown seems like a straight arrow and seems to really be involved. Kids will be kids and like I say bet anything it was worse in the 70's. Go Tornadoes.
Dana Roberts August 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Chris is that a "stock" photo?


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