More Than Half Of US Teens Say Drugs Are In Their School

Half of all teen-agers this fall will attend a school at which drugs are sold, used or kept, according to a national organization that fights drug abuse.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University released a report Wednesday detailing drug use and availability among teens. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that, by the time students complete high school, 47 percent have smoked marijuana, 24 percent have used another illicit drug and 81 percent have drunk alcohol. They also estimate that 70 percent have smoked cigarettes.

The Columbia group's survey of 1,000 students found that half of all teen-agers said their school was not drug-free, meaning that students keep, use or sell drugs on school grounds. Sixty percent of high school students said there were drugs on campus; 30 percent of middle school students said the same.

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