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How Big Of A Problem Are Drugs and Alcohol At Watertown High?

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 said 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 to 17, according to an article appearing on Huffington Post.

Perhaps more disturbing, aspects of 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 Watertown Patch readers — How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at Watertown High School, and do you feel enough is being done to combat it, if there is a problem?

Use the comment section to post your responses.

Melanie St. Pierre September 19, 2012 at 03:54 PM
The Watertown Youth Coalition (WYC), overseen by Wayside Multi-Service Center, is a community coalition of youth, parents, residents, educators, police officers, medical professionals and local business owners committed to promoting healthy and positive lifestyles among Watertown youth. The coalition is pleased to see that this very important topic is being discussed. In conjunction with the Watertown Public Schools, the WYC captures youth risky behavior data annually by administering the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior survey to Watertown Middle and High School students. Over the past few years, we have seen positive trends in a variety of areas, including student alcohol use in the past 30 days, which has decreased from 60% to 40% use. This downward trend is something we expect to continue to decrease. Additionally, the WYC and its partners use this data to work on programs, policies and practices in the community. We are proud of the work that we continue to do for the Watertown youth and families. For the most recent report on the Well Being of Watertown Youth please click here: http://www.watertownyouthcoalition.org/report_2011.pdf For more information please go to our website www.watertownyouthcoalition.org or contact Melanie St. Pierre, Community Organizer at 617-926-3600x307

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