Disturbing facts about kids and drugs

Drugs readily available at school
Drugs readily available at school

Help might be here for parents.

There are many disturbing eye openers in a recent national survey taken by Middle school and High school kids. The survey concluded that 6.2 percent of middle school and 6.6 percent of high school students report having used cocaine in their lifetime. More than 20 percent of middle school and 9 percent of high school students used inhalants. Heroin was said to be used by 3.1 percent of middle school and 4.5 percent of high school students at least once. Methamphetamine's were used by 4.7 percent of middle school and 5.4 percent of high school students. Ecstasy was used by 4.1 percent of middle school and 7.6 percent of high school students. And 8.9 percent of middle school and 18.5 percent of high school students reported using prescription drugs to get high.

I do not know about you, but when I was in Middle School the only thing I had tried was a cigarette; and the thing made me sick to my stomach. Why such a difference within a generation? These results are very scary indeed, but there might be some help from the school districts on the horizon. Hempfield School District in Landisville, PA is offering drug testing to parents. At first this worried me almost as much as the survey until I looked into it more.

The drug testing will be available to any parents who have a child in the district that is in at least 6th grade. The students will never be punished by the school district. Also the results will also never be shared with the school district. Randy Stoner, a school board member, hopes this will give the "kids a way out to say, ‘Hey. I could be tested for drugs at any time. No thank you. I can’t’”.

If you have a kid that you think might be on drugs or you know one that is then please click here or here.

Do you think the School District has the right to try to keep kids off of drugs?

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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

hi Daz...great information and scary implication on the numbers doing these types of activity as such a young age. Middle school?? ...yeah...I remember stealing some of Mom's cigarettes and making myself utterly ill. I guess it is a good thing mom didn't have heroin in that purse, huh? Tho...heroin really wasn't her way...she was old school. Voted Up, useful, and interesting. Thanks for your work!


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

@ ThoughtSandwiches Thanks for the comment. I was completely shocked when I read about the National Survey. Thanks for the up!


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WhatBigJohnThinks 5 years ago

I voted yes to drug testing but I think it should be shared with all. Kids should be exposed to what drug abuse causes on a personal basis. I agree wholeheartedly that testing should be done as much as it is mandated here in Florida for entitlement recipients and state employees. If they receive money from or are employed by an institution we pay taxes to fund then they should be exepected to stay clean.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for your comment John, I liked your take on "If they receive money from or are employed by an institution we pay taxes to fund then they should be exepected to stay clean". I never thought about it that way. But you are right, our taxes go to fund the school system.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Daily random mandatory drug testing should be done in all schools. If there is nothing to hide no one should object.

Something should also be done about gang affiliations and bullying. School is a place to learn and enjoy, not a place that should be feared.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

I absolutely agree with you Dave. Teenagers have enough issues to deal with at that age. Thanks for the comment.


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Sam Dolloff 5 years ago from Maine

Woah! middle school?? thats scary, I never tried anything not even a cig until college. I am scarred for comming generations.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

@Sam I couldn't get over it myself. It is very frightening now that I am a parent.


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cooldad 5 years ago from Florida

I talk about this a lot with my wife, we have 4 children in school now. I graduated high school in 1994. The only drugs I was ever exposed to were pot and LSD. I smoked pot and drank beer, that was it. I didn't even really know what prescription drugs were. The prescription drug problem was pretty much nonexistent with kids at that time. Now, I am terrified about what my children will be exposed to. Forget pot, kids are snorting Xanax and Adderall like it's candy.

I think we are an over medicated society in general, but big Pharm has to continue to make big money. I live in Florida and the pill mills are outrageous here.

I think should be able to test students for drug use, but the results should remain confidential, because most of the students are minors. What about when students turn 18? Could they legally be tested at that age without consent?

Drugs are a huge issue. As Bill Hicks once said, I loved when Bush came out and said, "We are losing the war against drugs." You know what that implies? There's a war being fought, and the people on drugs are winning it.

Interesting hub


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for the input CD. I graduated in 1996 and like you said at that time kids mainly smoked pot and drank beer, the rich kids were snorting coke. But there are so many crazy things that kids are doing these says. And they are starting to do drugs way younger than earlier generations.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Anything that can be done to get kids off, or encourage them to never start, the drugs is a good thing, I say.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

You know guys I may be old school (1965) but isn't anyone concerned about why? When I was growing up there was Pot and heroin because I was in the inner city of Detroit and only black folks had that stuff. But we tried it and left it. When I was in college no one believed that drugs would be a problem for the white kids so nothong was done about it intil they hit suburbia. And now still today 50 years later and no one wants to find out why? I have a lot of theories but my twenty year old daughter from a my single parent home made it and went through the list of drugs. Good thing to think about and try to solve, it is better than testing, if you have to test to find out your already in trouble.

Peter


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for the comment Peter. I could be completely wrong but I think it has a lot to do with Drug companies. My parents had aspirin when they were growing up. Today there are so many drugs for every problem that you could think of. And commercials are constantly shoving this down our subconscious throats. They should teach people to solve their own problems instead of prescribing drugs.


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

This is so scary to me. Having a 16 yr old son, it really scares me.


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daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for stopping by IE. It scares me as well. Parents work hard to raise their children right just to learn of all of these insane things going on in the schools.


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

I know, it's crazy out there. I just hope I have raised him right.


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Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

I think this is a slippery slope. As a parent I would want to know if my child was using a controlled (or uncontrolled) substance but then again I'm not sure I would want the school knowing. Will the school even tell the parents? Or will a child have the ability to "seek" treatment on their own after a certain age?

I think this is pushing the limits of parenting and school involvement of students to all new heights. I'm not sure how I would feel or VOTE on this topic. All the circumstances would have to be laid out for me in black and white.

Interesting article.

~Becky


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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for stopping by Rfordin, The students will never be punished by the school district. Also the results will also never be shared with the school district. Only the parents and a private company would know the test results.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Drugs and kids it is most disappointing to see kids on drugs, at any age this can be a parent's worst nightmare.


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daskittlez69 3 years ago from midwest Author

Thanks for stopping by DDE. I could not agree with you more.

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