Monday, August 27, 2012
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 …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A survey shows that female high school students are more likely self-medicate to escape the pressures of life.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The following is a guest column by Marilyn G. Belmonte of the Burlington Drug & Alcohol Task Force: Female high school students are more likely than male high school students to perceive self-medicating as reasons for teen drug use, according to a national survey of high school students conducted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Female students feel that teens use drugs to deal with the pressures of school, problems at home and to help themselves feel better about themselves. In contrast, male students were more likely to claim that having fun and relaxing as reasons for drug use. According to the Partnership President, Steve Pasierb, “Parents can help prevent alcohol and drug abuse by recognizing and addressing their daughters…
Friday, January 13, 2012
Burlington Drug & Alcohol Task Force and the Burlington Community Life Center to conduct the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 on Monday, Jan. 30.
Students at Burlington High School will soon take a survey to help determine risky behaviors among the student population. According to Principal Patrick Larkin, the school will team up with the Burlington Drug & Alcohol Task Force and the Burlington Community Life Center to conduct the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 on Monday, Jan. 30. Through this survey, health risk behaviors can be monitored that will assist in the planning of prevention strategies and a health curriculum that will reduce behaviors that present the greatest risk. It is anticipated that results of the survey will be made available to the public in the Spring of 2012. "The Drug & Alcohol Task Force has been asking for a few years for us to …