High school drug abuse has increased over the years

But students can avoid them by choosing friends wisely

Jeremai Hernandez and Jorge Munguia

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High school drug abuse has increased over the years

A young teenage boy is offered marijuana at a party. Teens are exposed to drug use at younger ages now.

A young teenage boy is offered marijuana at a party. Teens are exposed to drug use at younger ages now.

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A young teenage boy is offered marijuana at a party. Teens are exposed to drug use at younger ages now.

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A young teenage boy is offered marijuana at a party. Teens are exposed to drug use at younger ages now.

Griselda Rivera and Jorge Munguia

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   High school is often the first time that kids encounter illicit substances and the curiosity can be too much to resist. Some students turn to drugs to emotionally make themselves feel better or even use drugs like Adderall or Ritalin because they think it will help them boost their grades. The drug that most high school students are exposed to or surrounded by is marijuana (THC).   In 2013, 7.0 percent of eighth graders, 18 percent of 10th graders, and 22.7 percent of 12th graders used marijuana in the past month, up from 5.8 percent, 13.8 percent, and 19.4 percent in 2008. Daily use has also increased; 6.5 percent of 12th graders now use marijuana everyday, compared to five percent in the mid-2000s (https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/drugfactsmtf.pdf).

   At our school, some students feel like they are exposed to drugs on a daily basis. Junior Lucas Castilleja said, “Someone is bound to have drugs on them.”

   Also, freshman Brenda Estrada said she feels like every day she is exposed to drugs even at school. Would you feel safe at a school where there are always drugs around without teachers’ knowledge? Students aren’t just exposed to marijuana. They are exposed to many other drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine aka meth or crystal, heroin, cough syrup, or any other prescribed or over the counter drug.

   It would be typical for people to think that juniors and seniors would be the ones doing the most drugs or being the ones surrounded more by drugs when it really doesn’t matter what age you are or what grade. It is more about who you surround yourself with inside and outside of school as well as during  your free time.   For example, Estrada believes that she is surrounded by drugs whenever she comes to school. But when asked the same question, senior Jacqueline Munguia said she is exposed to drugs “once or twice a week.”

   Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how old or young a person is. The fact is that the more a person is exposed to drugs, the more likely that person is to experiment with them. Experimentation can lead to addiction.  

   Most students stay away from the temptation of doing drugs by doing extracurricular activities, like sports. Teens who abuse drugs have lower grades, a higher rate of absence from school and other activities, and an increased potential for dropping out of school. Although we all know or hear stories about people who use drugs and still get great grades, this is not typical. Most people who use drugs don’t consistently do well in school.The best thing to do is to stay away from drugs and away from people with drugs.

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