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Are Drugs/Alcohol A Problem At Shawsheen And WHS?

New national study indicates that drug and alcohol use during the school day is a bigger problem than previously thought.

Are Drugs/Alcohol A Problem At Shawsheen And WHS?

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

Use the comment section to post your responses.

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