Drugs in schools

Drugs in schools

By M. L. Simon

Drugs in schools

Joseph Califano of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse decries the easy availability of drugs in schools. And it is a big problem. And with the start of school, it is an important problem to deal with.

To deal with the problem, we have to understand the magnitude of the problem. Half of all teenagers will attend a school where drugs are sold, used or kept. About half of all teenagers will have smoked marijuana by the time they leave school. Twenty-one percent will have used some other illegal drug.

So the question is: Who are the kids buying the drugs from? Certainly not from Colombian drug lords, nor from Mexican border jumpers. Not even from outlaw bikers or the proverbial pusher in a trench coat. Kids in school buy their drugs from other kids in school. So these budding John Hancocks are getting their start in the schools. Not exactly the kind of education we had in mind, though, is it? Smuggling, though an ancient and noble American profession, is not exactly what we want for our children.

The funny thing is, we have confronted this problem once before in our recent history. It happened during alcohol prohibition. The schools became saturated with booze dealers, and children were all too often coming to school drunk. Some women of the time were so incensed at these goings on that they formed an organization called “Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform.” Their main objective was to get alcohol dealing out of the schools. And, as far as, we can tell, they have fairly well succeeded. Kids say its harder to get alcohol than illegal drugs.

Other benefits that this organization promised would follow from legalization were: control of the liquor trade, putting bootleggers out of business, restoring respect for law enforcement, and taking the profit out of crime. In addition, since kids would no longer be learning the drunken lifestyle at school, they could learn temperance at home and in the church, with some hope that these efforts wouldn’t be counteracted in the public schools.

And you know what? It worked.

And here we sit today with prohibition going full blast and no mothers to oppose it. I’m waiting for the day when a group of mothers wakes up to the fact that the best way to get drugs out of schools is to put them in drug stores. It’s not a perfect solution, but at least then the drugs will be as hard to get as alcohol.

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M.L. Simon is an industrial controls designer and Libertarian activist

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