Opioid Abuse in North Carolina’s Middle Schools

It is shocking that students are abusing drugs at younger and younger ages. Students in middle and high school across North Carolina’s Piedmont region are addicted to powerfully potent drugs. So much so that school resource officers said they’ve caught them getting high in class with their teacher in the room.

Hooked on Drugs

Staff at Piedmont Middle School say their biggest issue at the middle school level is alcohol and marijuana, mainly because they bring it to school. Kids are getting hooked on pot, cocaine, and opioids, according to Union County resource officers. If you don’t think this could happen in the Kansas City area, think again, it might be only a matter of time before there is an outbreak of easily attainable hard drugs.

Drugs Are Nothing New

Drugs in school are certainly nothing new, but police say the problem is the type of drugs and the age at which these kids are starting. They also say they work with the kids all the time to try and curb the problem before they end up getting completely out of control.

Deaths From Overdoses

According to the CDC, a new report indicates teen drug overdose deaths in the US rose by 19 percent between 2014 and 2015. There were 772 drug overdose deaths alone among US teens aged 15-19 in 2015. “There’s been an increase in prescription pill use. That, and then they transfer to heroin use,” said prevention specialist Matilene Osho. “We know that most heroin addicts start off using prescription pills.” The Union County Sheriff’s Office says that heroin and drugs of a similar nature are also being laced into candies so, a kid may be sucking on a lollipop in class that they wouldn’t on a normal basis.

There are no specific regional stats on how many kids they think are doing drugs at school at the time, but any counselor who works with addicted teens will tell you it’s an issue. Staff in Kansas City schools need to keep a vigilant eye out in order to prevent such rampant use from infiltrator our schools as well.

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