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Excerpts from saying no to drugs round table

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On Anti-Drug Education

Penny: “I know people who don’t do drugs who joke about it. . . . The people that come in are people you don’t even know. Oh, there’s a guy in a uniform telling us not to do drugs. Just some anonymous person.”

Jessica: “I think it’s good for some people. But yeah, people make that joke big time.”

Brad: “If you’re going to do drugs, the cops in school aren’t going to stop you from doing drugs.”

Jessica: “Realistically, there’ll always be addicts. Always. I think all you can do is make sure people are educated, really educated, in family values and parenting.”

On Drug-Testing

Brad: “If I were King of the School, I would just drug-test everyone in the school. I don’t think they want to be at school. You’re just doing them a favor.

Kase: “Even if your parents don’t really care, wouldn’t they be angry because you got kicked out of school because you do drugs? Wouldn’t they be angry if you got kicked out of school, period?”

Jessica: “I think that it’s kind of sad when kids know their teachers are on drugs. They don’t drug test teachers. . . . That’s the other thing. Other places of employment don’t do drug tests. McDonald’s and fast-food places are full of kids.”

Brad: “That’s why they work there. That’s what they use their paychecks for.”

On Users’ Motivations

Penny: “It’s half just to see what they can get away with, to see what their parents would do if they got caught, and half rebellion, wanting to do something that their parents don’t know about.”

Amanda: “They’re trying to fit into a group.”

Jessica: “If you’ve got a parent who’s calling you a liar, kind of beating you down a little, you may as well go out and do it.”

Brad: “It’s the easy way out.”

On Parents’ Use of Drugs

Jessica: “If there’s a key, it would be communication.”

Erin: “Having an open relationship.”

Jessica: But I don’t think that’s the only thing.”

Kase: “The key for me was, my mom wouldn’t say Don’t smoke and then light up in the back room. She wouldn’t say Don’t drink and then go get wasted.”

Jessica: “I know people who are out of high school and have a family and children and they’ve got a room in the back of the house where they smoke weed. And that’s the weed room. You know, they’ve got the whole family thing and the job thing and they’re still smoking weed and they’re still selling weed out of the house.”

Amanda: “They don’t want to grow up. My aunt is 44 years old and she still thinks she’s 21, smoking pot in the back of the house. They’ve raised two kids and my cousins don’t have a clue on what life is. That’s crazy.”

On Parents’ Knowledge of their Child’s Use

Penny: “I think that most parents think their kid has at least been exposed to it and possibly even tried it.”

Brad: “It’s kind of hard not to know, I would think. I can smell it on them, most of the time.”

Erin: “Nobody wants to believe that their child is doing it.”

Jessica: “Somebody probably will tell that person but the parent won’t believe it. They won’t. They’ll probably be like, Why would you be trying to hurt me?”


Posted 6/11/2002