Survey: school drug problems worsening in U.S.

American teenagers say school drug problems are worsening, while parents doubt such schools will ever be drug free, a new study finds.

Survey: school drug problems worsening in U.S.
American teenagers say school drug problems are worsening, while parents doubt such schools will ever be drug free, a new study finds.

The percentage of teens who say they attend high schools with drug problems increased from 44 percent to 61 percent since 2002, and the percentage in middle schools increased from 19 percent to 31 percent, according to the survey to be released Thursday by Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

Four of five high-school teens told researchers they have seen the use, sale or possession of illegal drugs on high school grounds, or seen someone who was drunk or high on campus.

Some 13 percent of teens said they had tried marijuana, and 4 percent said they had used it in the past month. Such survey results are often understated because respondents are hesitant to admit such drug use.

The survey also found six in 10 parents of teens at schools with a drug problem say they feel the goal of making that school drug free is unrealistic; 86 percent, say drinking is a big part of the college experience, but only 29 percent think their own teens will do a lot of drinking in college; and students who feel they are popular were more likely to use drugs, drink or smoke than students who do not view themselves as well-liked.

The survey found 24 percent of teens named drugs as their No. 1 concern, down from 32 percent who listed it as a top concern in 1995.

"It has become such a commonplace experience for teens that their concern about it has come down," said Joseph Califano, the center's chairman and president. "We've reached a point now in America's high schools where getting high, getting drunk are so common — drugs are now imbedded in the high school experience.

"And despair and denial characterize the parents'attitudes," he added.

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