Written by William Rupp and Olga Enger
Students in Middletown schools reported they use more drug use than students in other Rhode Island communities, according to a special report released for all of the state’s communities on Monday, Dec. 9.
The data was compiled by the Department of Epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health for the Rhode Island State Epidemiology and Outcomes Workgroup headed by Brown Professor Stephen Buka.
The workgroup is a cross-state agency formed because there is no single state agency that is responsible for drug-use prevention, reporting and treatment, said Buka.According to the results, Middletown High School students rank (in comparison to Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns):
- 6 in being under the influence of drugs in school;
- 8 in the use of marijuana in the past 30 days,
- 13 in their illegal use of cocaine;
- 12 in their use of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, and Adderall;
Middletown High School students also reported higher rates of depression.
Middle school students rank:
- 11 in using inhalants,
- 19 in marijuana use,
- 25 in using prescription drugs,
- 20 in current alcohol use,
- 20 in overall alcohol use.
The students are asked questions such as:
- Have you tried prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription?
- Have you tried marijuana?
- Have you tried inhalants?
- Have you tried cocaine?
- Have you been under the influence of drugs at school during the past 12 months?