YOUR TURN: Drugs & Alcohol at MHS

New national study indicates that drug and alcohol use during the school day is a bigger problem than previously thought. Do you think it's a problem at the local level? Discuss with other Maldonians below.

According to a new study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, roughly 17 percent of American high school students engage in smoking, drinking or doing drugs during the school day.

The study also said that approximately 86 percent of students indicated that they knew of classmates who abuse drugs or alcohol during the school day.

This was the 17th such study conducted by the NCASA. The group interviewed more than 1,000 students ages 12-17, according to an article appearing on Huffington Post.

Perhaps more disturbing aspects to the survey included roughly 50 percent of the students indicating there was a place on their campus where students regularly went to do drugs or drink alcohol. And about 44 percent said they knew of a classmate selling drugs, according to the Huffington Post article.

So, we wanted to ask our readers: How big of a problem is drug and alcohol use at Malden High, and do you feel enough is being done to combat it?

Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section below.

Don August 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM
OMG, are you kidding? When they legalize marijuana in this election, Malden High is a most likely place to become a distribution center. No sense fighting a losing battle that has been going on too long now. Too many great grandmothers, grandmother, grandfathers, ect have been involved, now it is all on the loose. I guess the referendum will come in the election. Research seems like the most intelligent way, but Malden high school always has been known as a place where you go in smart and come out stupid.
Anita August 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Well, I hear young people on the bus, talking about being MHS graduates or attendees and how they're meeting up with someone to score, all in the same breath. What do you think? Malden appears to be a drug haven for anyone looking to make the "score."
Michael Victor August 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Come on what kind of article and question is this? There are drugs everywhere but you know Melrose has bigger problems than Malden on this issue at its HS. I'll bet Malden High has less drugs now than it did in the 1970's. This type of question is just for sensationalism and for what reason because school is opening. How about focusing on the positive things which is what most of the kids are into.
Gerry Ruane August 29, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I agree with Michael. The administration at Malden High has done a great job. No high school is without it but every effort has been made to minimalize usage at Malden High.
BostonUrbEx August 29, 2012 at 02:57 PM
It happens everywhere, and you're kidding yourself if you think this doesn't happen in sleepy suburban Lynnfield HS or saintly little Catholic school Pope John XXIII HS. Lest we forget the girl who was given GHB (after asking for it) at Saugus High and she passed out.
Liz August 29, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I currently have 2 Malden High 2012 graduates with me. This is what they have to say to this article and to any negative posts listed above. “As insiders, I know that if there was ever a drug problem at MHS that Mr. Brown would be completely on top of the matter in seconds because he is very aware of what goes on in every hall almost all the time, and when he is not aware, his team of 4 assistant principals are on top of the matter walking through the halls, but they do give us the trust that we deserve and earn.” (Graduate of Class of 2012, previous lacrosse, basketball, and volleyball player)
Liz August 29, 2012 at 03:06 PM
“Drugs are a problem at every high school, but at Malden High school it is not a major concern due to the fact that it is dealt with in every case immediately. People know that Mr. Brown is not at all lenient with any form of drug problems, he takes this matter very serious, and hence people don’t play around. At MHS, academics are the student’s importance. In fact, we just got ECO boards (similar to SmartBoards) to help aid teachers in teaching resources. Our school spent millions of dollars to help us better our education that is more aid than most schools. Drug use is taken elsewhere if it is present because Malden High is a very strict structured school that’s main priorities are its kids, their education, and happiness. The school shows this through sports, advances in education resources, clubs, wonderful staff, and supportive assistant principals, head principal, and guidance counselors. So yes, why don’t we talk about the positives, like all the wonderful renovations that were just completed on the entire 3 building school, and new turf field.” - (Graduate of Class of 2012 –previous volleyball, lacrosse, and play production member)
Liz August 29, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Both of the students who commented above are heading off to college this week, as are hundreds more from the MHS 2012 graduating class. I wish them all the best in their college endeavors. I believe "Don" is totally out of line stating that the kids go in smart and come out stupid, but then again "Don" makes quite a few stupid comments.
Raj August 29, 2012 at 03:59 PM
As witnessed at the graduation ceremonies, I think some of the parents of MHS students have greater problems than the students. MHS has many of the same problems as other high schools, but drugs is not one of the top concerns there because if an event happens, it is handled professionally. As far as the quality of education at MHS, I would rank it among the top high schools in the country, including private schools. EDUCATION is the main event happening at MHS.
Kathy August 29, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I started out reading this thread thinking, "Oh no, more negativity about MHS". I was happy to read the responses in support of our school. My daughter is entering her sophmore year at the high school and I graduated from MHS as well. I would agree that the 70s probably saw a higher use of drugs in the high school than today. Mr. Brown, the teachers, and the coaches all work tirelessly to make Malden High a great place to get an education. In talking to friends, I know the resouces available here exceed those in surrounding cities. I'm very happy having my daughter attend MHS and know it will serve her well!!
Liz August 29, 2012 at 05:06 PM
you must be only listening to bits and pieces of specific convos because u only seem to be hearing the negative...not the good such as the brand new gym or the new field or all the new technology advancements made for the high school's education. you must also miss out on the fact that we have kids going to harvard on a full ride, or other top ranking schools....so yes we do score high...on grades.
paul surette August 29, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Kathy, let's not kid ourselves here...some kids in school are well connected when it comes to buying, selling, or taking drugs. To imply that the present MHS isn't involved with drugs like 'the old days' is naive. There's a different breed of drugs today.All you can do as a parent, is keep a close eye, or leash, on your kids. Be a parent FIRST, not a friend. If you're involved with your kids, then you will know if 'something' is up with them.
Jennifer August 29, 2012 at 09:38 PM
My daughter is starting her Sophomore year and she has told me on more than one occasion that she has smelled marijuana in the stairways in the C house. She has smelled the smoke and has seen "weed" on the floor in the stairway. I'm happy for the kids that see nothing and know nothing but I don't believe for a minute that nothing is going on.
Liz August 30, 2012 at 12:58 AM
While the two graduates mentioned above want people to know the good that is going on at MHS, they do know that there are occasional drug issues. All schools no matter what town has drug issues. They are just tired of people trying to say that the whole school is bad and there is a rampant drug problem. There is a lot of good at the school and that is what they want people to notice more.
Michael Victor August 30, 2012 at 09:24 AM
Mostly real good kids. Its too bad they always take the wrap for the bad ones. Really dissapointed in Patch on this one serves no purpose particularly at this point. Mr Brown seems like a straight arrow and seems to really be involved. Kids will be kids and like I say bet anything it was worse in the 70's. Go Tornadoes.
Dana Roberts August 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Chris is that a "stock" photo?


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