Almost 1 in 5 teens smokes or uses drugs at school, U.S. students report

Eighty-six percent of American high school students report that some of their classmates use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs during the school day, the Christian Science Monitor reports. That’s among the most significant findings of an annual survey of teenagers about their perceptions of drug use, released Wednesday, by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia) in New York. The latest survey, the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens, gives parents a teen’s-eye view of the relentlessness and pervasiveness of the school drug problem, says Joseph Califano Jr., founder and chairman emeritus of CASAColumbia and former US secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. The survey gives a “graphic portrait of what is going on in high schools and among high school students – the fact that we have 9 out of 10 students saying that classmates are using drugs, drinking, and smoking during school the day on or near school grounds,” says Mr. Califano during a phone interview…

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