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Valley schools in middle of pack for drug use

December 16, 2013

COVENTRY— A report that was released on Dec. 9 regarding alcohol and substance abuse in middle and high schools throughout the state shows that work still needs to be done to make students aware of the dangers of using such items.

The report was put together by the Department of Epidemiology in the Boston University School of Public Health.

It was published for the Rhode Island State Epidemiology and Outcomes Workshop, which assists in guiding decision making regarding substance abuse and mental illness by releasing data about such issues.

All the information compiled in the report shows alcohol and substance abuse in the state’s 39 cities and towns. All information collected for this report was taken through surveys students are asked to complete once a year.

While West Warwick schools ranked on the lower end of the spectrum, Coventry’s High School ranked in the top five in two of the six categories.

According to the information published, 8.9 percent of students at Coventry High School have reported drinking alcohol six or more times in the past 30 days—ranking 13 out of 39 in this category.

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