Good news for faculty, staff and students at North Harford High School this week as a routine, random drug dog scan was performed Friday, November 19th.
The scan, performed as part of the school system’s commitment to keeping illicit drugs out of the schools, was accomplished using a canine under the direction of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
The scan involved 322 lockers being sniffed by the dog.
The 15-minute scan – supervised by four Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies, one drug dog, two administrators from the school, and the school system’s Coordinator of Safety and Security – resulted in no alerts.
Like marijuana use among college students and young adults, marijuana use is dropping overall with high school students. Here are some of the numbers, according to recent Monitoring the Future survey:
10th graders: Past month use has remained stable at 14.2 percent, but lifetime use has dropped slightly, from 31.8 percent in 2006 to 31.0 percent in 2007.
12th graders: This is an interesting age group, since it is the only group that has seen an increase in marijuana use over the past month, from 18.3 percent in 2006 to 18.8 percent in 2007. However, those that have tried it once in a lifetime have actually dropped from 42.3 percent to 41.8 percent.
It is worth noting that most high school students think that smoking marijuana regularly constitutes a great risk. However, as high school students age, they change their attitudes about marijuana use. Of 8th graders, 74.3 percent think that smoking marijuana regularly poses a risk. Amongst 12th graders, that number is 54.8 percent.
Additionally, most high school students do not think that it is a problem to try marijuana once. Only 18.6 percent of high school seniors see problems associated with one time marijuana use.
(sources: HCPS / Monitoring the Future)