Survey: Drugs not often used at school

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Students use data to start local programs to deter drug use

By Kirsten Laskey

What goes through the minds of teen drug users?

Members of the Youth Mobilizers, Y program, created a survey to find out.

The survey was conducted in January and February. High school graduates Josh Dolin and Emi Weeks, senior Katarina Juarez and junior Myles Gurule each took a role in the survey. The Mobilizers interviewed 50 high school students who were thought to use drugs or drink alcohol.

“It was surprising how honest people were,” Weeks said.

The survey results showed:

• The most commonly used drugs are tobacco, alcohol and marijuana.

• Most of the students surveyed said they tried drugs but did not regularly use them.

• Drugs are not frequently used at school.

• Students would take drugs during the weekend or at home.

• The majority got their drugs from friends and they paid for the illegal substances.

• Many students did not think drugs are harmful.

• Most felt their parents would be upset if they discovered their child did drugs.

• Individuals began using drugs when they were 13-14 years old.

• They did drugs for the social experience and for stress relief.

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