Berkeley High struggling with alcohol, drug use among students, survey says
- Berkeley High struggling with alcohol, drug use among students, survey says
By Doug Oakley
Contra Costa Times<doakley@...?subject=ContraCostaTimes.com:
struggling with alcohol, drug use among students, survey says>
Posted: 11/22/2010 06:23:10 AM PST
Updated: 11/22/2010 09:47:20 AM PST
When it comes to marijuana and alcohol use, Berkeley High School
students surpass their California counterparts, according to a recently
Students who took the survey also reported coming to school drunk or high at
almost double the rate of other California students.
While school officials are quick to point to what they say is a
"permissiveness" in Berkeley parents' attitudes about marijuana and alcohol
use by children, they also admitted that they have done little educating to
counteract the trend.
The good news in the California Healthy Kids Survey released by the Berkeley
school board Nov. 10 is that the percentage of Berkeley students who
reported marijuana or alcohol use in the past 30 days had come down slightly
from the last survey, in 2008.
The survey -- administered in January to kids in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 --
asked a variety of health-related questions, including some about drug and
About 38 percent of Berkeley 11th-graders surveyed this year reported using
marijuana in the past 30 days, down from about 45 percent in the previous
survey, taken in 2008.
Still, the city's rate is far higher than the 23 percent of California
11th-graders who reported marijuana use this year and the 21 percent
About 46 percent of Berkeley 11th-graders reported drinking alcohol in the
past 30 days, down from about 52 percent in 2008.
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