Presentation on Bernards Schools Drug & Alcohol Use Survey Coming Up Monday, April 3

Ridge High School, 268 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ Credits: By Walter Pardo
The grades 6 to 8 William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The results of the latest anonymous American Drug & Alcohol Survey given to four grades in Bernards Township schools every few years is scheduled to be presented at a Board of Education on Monday night.

The American Drug & Alcohol Survey was administered earlier in the current 2016-17 school year, said Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian. A summary of the survey is scheduled to be presented at the regular meeting of the Board of Education at 7 p.m. on April 3, at the Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School.

As in previous years, the survey was administered to students in grades 6 and 8 in the William Annin Middle School, and to sophomores and seniors at Ridge High School, said Kaitlin Kordusky, Community Program Coordinator and Health Educator for the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse.

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Last survey three years ago, next one planned for 2018

The previous ADAS survey was given to those same grades during the 2013-14 school year. The summary results of that last survey, the eighth held in Bernards Township schools, are on the Municipal Alliance webpage.

The survey is typically given to students every two years, but this year the test administrators took some extra time to update the survey to move it from paper to computers, and to update it with new emerging drug trends, Kordusky said on Friday.

The next drug and alcohol survey of Bernards Township students is planned for 2018, she said.

The 2013-14 survey indicated:

- Alcohol was the primary drug of use among students, with two-thirds of 12th graders indicating use in the previous month.

- Marijuana was the second most frequently used drug, with 22 percent of 12th graders saying they had used marijuana in the previous month.

- The survey indicated is a sizable jump in the proportion of students reporting alcohol and marijuana use between the 10th to the 12th grade. 

The survey showed that the highest percentage of students, 37.4 percent, said they had first gotten drunk between the ages of 13 to 15. In that same survey, 51.7 percent of students reported that they had never used marijuana, while 23 percent said they had between the ages of 13 to 15, and 21.6 percent reported the first time they had used marijuana was age 16 or older.

School Board also scheduled to meet with the Ridge High School student government

The agenda for Monday's meeting says that the school board is scheduled to meet with Ridge High School's student government at 6:30 p.m., prior to the formal meeting.


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