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Students should not romanticize drug use, need to take new efforts seriously

Charlotte Rooney, Opinion Editor

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“This weekend I got so lit,” is a sentence frequently heard in Blue Valley’s hallways.

The obsession with the next weekend’s plans is palpable, and they’re almost certainly going to involve drugs or alcohol.

At this point, you’d think students would have surpassed the thought that drinking and smoking is cool.

It’s not cool to get trashed, and it’s not cool to not be able to remember your night.

It’s not cool to be incoherent and have your parents see you drunk.

It’s also not cool to bring water bottles into school that smell like vodka or to show off your vape at the back of class while the teacher is turned around.

Having the police search your car isn’t cool and neither is drunk driving.

Giving other people drugs you can’t even name puts them in danger and gets you in trouble if you’re caught. So cool.

As young adults it’s concerning that we’re so interested in using substances that can be dangerous. It’s concerning that the use is so widespread and a staple of popularity is to get drunk every weekend and experiment with different illegal drugs.

In 2016, 28 people were killed in drunk driving accidents each day, according to cbsnews.com. A DUI always stays on your record, and it can keep you from being able to get a job in sales or drive a company car.

The third DUI is a felony offense.

A Minor in Possession or Minor in Consumption charge will stay on your record unless you complete diversion — which you can only do once.

Having those kinds of charges on your record affects your options for college and jobs.

Being caught by your parents doesn’t seem like a big deal, but getting arrested can lead to major consequences.

Drinking or doing drugs may not seem significant, but when or if you’re a parent, seeing how dangerous it can really be will be much more clear.

A sobriety group brought to BV by Crossroads is a way for students to talk to counselor David Roberts about drug usage without teachers or administrators being present. The sobriety group is available on Wednesday during Tiger Paws.

A teacher reponse team is also being added to be available to students if they want to talk to a teacher about drug use.

BV has added two long overdue efforts to help students who use or abuse drugs. These options prove the administration is serious about changing the culture of drug use among students, and we should be, too.

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