Shocking development: high school kids continue to drink and get high. And seeing as it's nearly time for students to head back to class, that must mean it's also time for the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia) to release its 17th annual study documenting drug use among teenagers.
As noted in the MyNorthwest.com post:
"For millions of American teens, drugs and alcohol, not more advanced education, are what put the 'high' in the high schools they attend," said Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CASAColumbia and former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.
"For millions of parents trying to raise drug-free kids, the 'high' school years are the most dangerous times their children face, and the 'high' schools are a dangerous place to send their kids."
Of course, just because high school kids have been partying, drinking and smoking weed since nearly the beginning of time, that doesn't make it a good thing, and the intention of this post is not to endorse or make light of it. While Califano's comments may be a bit over-the-top (not to mention punny!), there's certainly still something to be taken from the annual CASAColumbia study.
High school kids drink and get high. If you're a parent trying to ignore this fact, you're only doing yourself and your child a disservice.
Also interesting (but not terribly surprising), the study notes the role the Internet and social media plays in influencing kids' decision to use drugs and/or party.
More from MyNorthwest.com:
Social media continues to play a significant part in influencing teen drug and alcohol use. The survey found 75 percent of kids between 12 and 17-years-old said seeing pictures of teens partying online made them more interested in using drugs or alcohol themselves.
"This year's survey reveals a new kind of potent peer pressure-digital peer pressure. Digital peer pressure moves beyond a child's friends and the kids they hang out with. It invades the home and a child's bedroom via the Internet," said Califano.