Thursday, January 22, 2015

Survey: Farmington Students Overestimate Alcohol And Drug Use Among Peers

The Hartford Courant, January 21, 2015

"Local students 'dramatically' overestimate alcohol and drug use by their peers, according to results of a recent school survey.

'There's this gap between perception and reality and it's a big gap,' said Ed Manfredi, the school system's K-12 department head for health, physical education and wellness.

The survey, administered by the Massachusetts-based nonprofit group Freedom from Chemical Dependence, was given to 1,170 students in grades eight through twelve in June 2014, Manfredi said. The "Student Attitudes and Behavior Survey" measures levels of student alcohol and drug use, as well as students' perceptions of their peers' use." Read More.

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