A recent poll of students at eight Lower Merion-area schools shows eight out of 10 students have consumed alcohol by 12th grade, and about 50 percent have used marijuana.
The poll, the third since 2000 meant to measure substance use and other factors, shows a jump in use of both between eighth and 10th grades.
Students from Bala Cynwyd and Welsh Valley middle schools, Lower Merion and Harriton high schools, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Friends’ Central, the Haverford School and the Shipley School took the survey last fall, the Main Line Times reports.
The poll also measured assets of healthy growth in students, and helps the Coalition for Youth of Lower Merion and Narberth determine where to concentrate education and prevention programs.
Feed the Feed: Do the results of the poll indicate a need for more monitoring, or show an example of kids just being kids?