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Students say schools do a good job identifying drug problems

April 17, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

Sixty-five percent of students at Waynesboro Area Senior High School have experimented with drugs, excluding cigarettes and alcohol, estimated Andrew Knepper, an 11th-grader.

He termed marijuana, cocaine and heroin the "Big 3."

"I think it's a widespread problem in this area," Andrew said, noting he thinks Waynesboro is worse than other Franklin County, Pa., communities.

"I think it's a little bit bigger than what some people think," Waynesboro senior Caitlin Toth said.

She also pointed to the prevalence of marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

Students at Greencastle-Antrim High School said many of their classmates are experimenting with marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes, while others are turning to hard drugs.

"I've heard meth is prevalent," Greencastle-Antrim senior Diana Catron said.

Catron and three other Greencastle-Antrim students said they see, smell and hear about the effects of drug use all the time.

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"You can see it every day, basically," Greencastle-Antrim sophomore Shannon Smith said.

Smith and Ziggy Gamble, a Greencastle-Antrim junior, said the community is affected by its proximity to through traffic.

"We're right by the interstate," Ziggy said.

"We're in the middle of everything," Shannon agreed.

The students said their schools do a good job of identifying and mitigating problems. They also appreciated assemblies from the Philadelphia Police Department's Heads-up program.

"You can't always assume someone does drugs by the way you look," Ziggy said.

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