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Are Drugs & Alcohol a Problem at Brookline High?

New national study indicates that drug and alcohol use during the school day is a bigger problem than previously thought. How much so in Brookline?

Roughly 17 percent of American high school students engage in smoking, drinking or doing drugs during the school day, according to a new study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (NCASA).

The NCASA study also indicates that approximately 86 percent of students reported 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 students ages 12-17, according to an article appearing on Huffington Post.

In May, in an effort to curb underaged smoking, Brookline's Town Meeting voted in favor of a . 

Last November's . A high schooler who spoke then in favor of the warrant article said that cigarettes acted as a gateway drug.

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 Brookline Patch readers -- How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at  and do you feel enough is being done to combat it?

Use the comment section to post your responses.

Carol (Hickey-Gould) Berry August 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM
You ask Does anyone feel that is there enough being done to combat drug and alcohol use at Brookline High School? I believe that it all starts from home. Most homes have one parent that has to work long hours just to bring food to the table and if they're lucky some basic essentials. With that being said, young adults are being left alone without any supervision and some guidance in order to set parimeters to keep the kids focused on more positive things to do with their time after school. They need to have a place to go in order to do their homework, have someone to talk to incase they are having issues at home, school and peer pressure in and outside of school. Young adults need to be able to aquire skills in order for them to learn how to get themselves out of these situations and feel that there is a safe place to express what they are going through. As many of us in this Country are very aware of these issues but we can't just depend on the schools to combat these issues. We all need to step up to the plate and take the responsibility to help these kids it's not just their problem it's our problem. We can't just turn our heads the other way and say it's not my kid(s) why should I use my time I barely have enough time to do anything. Well guess what, if we keep on thinking this way, god forbid it ends up being your own kid(s) now will you have the time?
Grahame Turner August 30, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Thanks for commenting, anyone agree or disagree? It is a good point. There are a number of resources for parents talking to kids about drugs at sites like: http://www.drugfree.org/ Has anyone tried them and had success?
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