Survey provides insight to drugs in school

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — A 2017 independent study by School Resource Officers indicates minors are using, selling and distributing marijuana or edibles during school hours.

58% of drug incidents reported to the State Board of Education were marijuana-related. Survey results show more than 30% of survey respondents saw an increase in marijuana-related incidents in schools.

Of those respondents, nearly 60% said marijuana is the primary drug schools face. When asked how school officials handle the issue, more than half said a formal approach, like suspension or expulsion, is necessary.

The survey also asked officers where students were mostly likely to obtain the drug. Most answered friends and illegal purchase/drug dealers, while answers to changes in marijuana-related incidents in the officer’s school the past five years revealed 54% showed no change, 30.7% showed an increase and 14.5% showed a decrease. 

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