Drug Use by Local Teens Down

By: Bill Pearson
By: Bill Pearson

Valdosta police say drug and tobacco use by teenagers continues to fall, mirroring a national trend.

Teens both locally and nationally are also less likely to use meth or steroids.

Local police officers who teach drug education think students are understanding the dangers involved, but parents need to do more to make sure their kids don't start using drugs or alcohol.

OFC Steve Findlay, a Valdosta police officer, says, "Alcohol use in my survey runs around 27 to 28 percent that are using it on a regular basis, and that's where parents really need to come in, don't wink at the problem, or let someone drink at your home."

OFC Findlay believes the numbers of teens who use drugs or alcohol will continue to fall over the next year because there is so much drug education being taught in local classrooms.


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