Police, DEA Discuss Teen Drug Use
Oct 30, 2012
Residents in Southlake, Texas joined forces with DEA and the Southlake Police Department last week to discuss the growing drug problems in the area and what parents can do to help stop abuse. Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids (SPARK) hosted the event at Carroll High School.
A 2008 survey of Carroll ISD students found the following:
- 7% of students surveyed have attended class drunk
- 27% of 12th graders admitted to drinking and driving
- 46% of 12th graders have used marijuana
- 6% have used hallucinogens, as well as ecstasy and uppers
While the numbers were high, one parents noted that the numbers are likely highertoday than four years ago. DEA Assistant Special Agent Calvin Bond said prescription drug abuse is growing among students nationwide. Prescription drugs are now almost as popular as marijuana and alcohol. Students are getting access through their friends as well as their parents’ medicine cabinet. Bond urged parents to get involved by monitoring their children online and on their cell phones and by talking to their children about the effects of prescription drugs.
Learn More:Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine Presentation, Consequences of Drug Abuse, Signs of Drug Use
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