How Big Of A Problem Are Drugs/Alcohol At Shawsheen And BHS?

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 indicated that they knew of classmates who abused rugs or alcohol during the school day.

This was the 17th such study conducted by the NCASA. The group interviewed more than 1,000 studentsm 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 Burlington Patch readers -- How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at Burlington High and Shawsheen Tech and do you feel enough is being done to combat it?

Use the comment section below to post your responses.

SLM August 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM
If you want to know how bad Burlington's drug problem is, go to the police station and ask them. Go to Lahey Clinic's ER and ask them. Go to the fire department and ask them. It's no secret to the emergency responders that we have a serious drug problem. There is heroin at the high school and prescription pill abuse is out of control.


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