A new study of high school students shows that roughly 17 percent of American high school students admit to smoking, drinking, or taking drugs during the school day.
The study, conducted by Columbia University, may hint that the numbers are actually indeed higher.
This pins those indulging in vices during the school day at 2.8 million between the ages of 12 and 17.
The survey also revealed that 86 percent claim to know other students who are using drugs or drinking during the day.
36 percent of students say it’s easy to drink or smoke during the day without getting caught, with 44 percent saying they know a student who sells drugs.
“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,” said Joseph A. Califano, Jr., the former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare who is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CASAColumbia.
Fears of peer pressure and drug accessibility continues to be a concern for parents sending their children to high school.