Are you cool enough? Do you look the way you’re supposed to? Do you smoke? Do you party? Have you done it yet?

Sometimes questions don’t have clean answers. The best we can do is learn the facts and make our decisions based on them. You may feel like the only person who isn’t having sex, or isn’t smoking marijuana, or isn’t happy with how they feel. Rest assured, you are not alone. Not by a long shot. For instance…

  • More than 61% of Columbia Public Schools’ students in grades 8-12 have never used alcohol. That number includes a majority of high-school freshmen (64.3%), sophomores (57%) and juniors (55%).
  • More than 84% of Columbia Public Schools’ students in grades 8-12 steadfastly refused to ride in a vehicle with someone who had been drinking.
  • When asked about recent behaviors, more than 90% of Columbia Public Schools’ students in grades 8-12 said they didn’t use the Internet to post or share potentially hurtful or embarrassing information about another student, yet 14.2% of those students said they had been on the receiving end of a harmful posting.
  • Nearly 88% of students said they didn’t use a cell phone to send harmful or embarrassing texts or pictures, but 16% said they had received a hurtful message via text.
  • Only one Columbia Public School high school senior out of 200 admitted to using methamphetamines in a survey. Same with heroin.
  • Ninety-four percent of Columbia Public Schools’ students in grades 8-12 have not used hallucinogens like acid and mushrooms.
  • Nationally, illicit drug use among junior high and high school students continues to decrease annually. Inhalant use, for example, dropped to 5.3% of 8th graders from a high of 12.8%. Locally, nearly 97% of Columbia Public Schools’ students in grades 8-12 have not used inhalants.