For the 17th year, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University interviewed 12 to 17 year olds about drug use in schools.
Here’s what they found. From CNN:
“About 17% of American high school students drink, smoke or use drugs during the school day, a new survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University says.”
“It’s no surprise to their classmates, either: 86% say they know the 2.8 million who are abusing substances during the day, according to the latest version of the center’s annual back-to-school survey. The estimate is based on information gleaned from telephone interviews with about 1,000 kids ages 12 to 17.”
“The survey found that 44% of high school students know a classmate who sells drugs at school, and 60% say that drugs are available on campus. Marijuana was the most-sold on school grounds, students said, as well as prescription drugs, cocaine and ecstasy.”
But what I thought was most interesting were some of the new factors affecting drug use.
The survey found a jump in private school use from 36 percent in 2011 to 54 percent in 2012.
On social media’s influence:
From The Huffington Post: “Seventy-five percent of respondents said that seeing Facebook pictures of their peers partying with alcohol and marijuana encourages other teens to imitate them. “
“Compared to teens who have never seen such incriminating images, those who have are four times more likely to have used marijuana, and more than three times likelier to have used alcohol.”
On parents who leave them alone over night:
From The Huffington Post: “Survey-takers also asked participants if they are ever left home alone overnight without adult supervision. Nearly 30 percent answered in the affirmative, and are about twice as likely to have used alcohol or marijuana and almost three times more likely to have tried tobacco than teens who have never been left alone at night.”
So what do you make of the survey? What do you make of social media’s influence? What about private schools and being left alone at night?