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Berkeley High struggling with alcohol, drug use among students, survey says

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    Berkeley High struggling with alcohol, drug use among students, survey says By Doug Oakley Contra Costa
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 22, 2010
      Berkeley High struggling with alcohol, drug use among students, survey says
      By Doug Oakley
      Contra Costa Times<doakley@...?subject=ContraCostaTimes.com:
      Berkeley High
      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
      released survey.

      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
      alcohol use.

      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
      nationwide.

      About 46 percent of Berkeley 11th-graders reported drinking alcohol in the
      past 30 days, down from about 52 percent in 2008.



      Here is the link to the rest of the article:
      http://www.contracostatimes.com/bay-area-news/ci_16679018?nclick_check=1


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