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Staff editorial: Toxic drug culture demands student action


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Drug use at Wilson is nothing new. However, recent events have shed a brighter light on the subject, giving the Wilson community the opportunity to re-evaluate the way that drugs and drug users are viewed inside the school building. The normalization of hard drugs and non-prescription medications gives students a false sense of comfort when consuming substances that can be fatal.

We as students have a unique power and obligation to engage in dialogue about the slippery slope that is partaking in hard drug use. Students have more power to influence the culture of our school than any class, email, or assembly ever could. It is useless to critique a health class curriculum or an email from the administration if we aren’t taking preventative measures ourselves. We hold a common understanding that drugs are a part of our adolescent culture, and we often accept it as harmless experimentation because “it’s just for fun,” and that seems fine—until it’s not. When drug use clearly interferes with a person’s well-being and academic aptitude, or when a person feels the need to be high in order to cope at school, it’s time to acknowledge the problem and seek help.

There are rehabilitation programs and personnel dedicated to helping students with drug habits at Wilson. However, most Wilson students aren’t aware enough of these programs to take full advantage of them. It is critical that the support systems available for drug abusers at Wilson are thoroughly and continuously introduced to the student body in order for them to be as effective as they can.

Some students are dealing with serious problems, unbeknownst to their friends and classmates, and self-medication is a readily available coping mechanism. Because of this, we need to generate awareness of Wilson’s support systems and, most importantly, we need to be that support system for each other. Check up on your friends. If you notice that they are messing around with dangerous drugs, confront them, and ask how you can help. Confrontation might be uncomfortable, but it is better than watching your friend self-destruct. You’ll never regret letting someone know how much you care about them.

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