Seattle high school tackles growing drug abuse problem

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by ROBERTA ROMERO / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 12:37 PM

SEATTLE -- Roosevelt High School administrators are facing an alcohol and drug abuse problem head on. After discovering that the problem is growing on campus, the school immediately brought in educators and proponents for alcohol and drug education.

"This year we saw an increase in discipline incidents from students abusing drugs or alcohol," said Principal Brian Vance, "From 12 last year to 24 this year."

Half of those reported incidents were committed by freshmen.

Vance held an informational meeting for parents, students and teachers with top experts. Dr. Leslie Walker, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle's Children's Hospital, presented facts and answered questions.

Also invited was 17-year-old Frank Quatrone of Sammamish High School. He is a former addict who now tells his story to other kids.

"Me and two classmates made a movie that we present to classes and other groups," said Quatrone. "We just tell our stories and we hope it makes a difference.”

The movie, “Recovery,” was shown to freshman students at Roosevelt Friday.

"We hope by talking about this issue, students will gain knowledge and make different choices," said Vance.

Related links:

http://preventionworksinseattle.org/

http://samafoundation.org/

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