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STUDY: MISD Students' Drug Use Increased

MISD Students Marijuana usage has almost tripled in the last 5 years.
MIDLAND -- MISD Student’s Marijuana usage has almost tripled in the last 5 years.

While marijuana has been legalized in several other states, MISD students have steadily increased their usage over the past 5 years.

The results are back from the latest Texas Prevention impact index survey, and it found Midland Independent School District student drug use has grown significantly over the past 5 years.

"When I was addicted to drugs my life was miserable, by the end of my addiction I woke up every morning angry that I woke up again.” said Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Kelly Aguirre.

A pattern Kim Henderson, a Director at Palmer Drug Abuse Program in Midland sees far too often.

"One of the things that was just mind blowing was the fact that marijuana has almost tripled in the last 5 years, marijuana use," said Kim Henderson.

With the legalization of marijuana, Henderson says kids have got the wrong impression.

"The students are changing their viewpoint on marijuana and seeing it as less harmful than it actually is, that's one thing that was really surprising," said Kim Henderson.

Other than increased drug use, Henderson says the students are experimenting with drugs earlier and it's not just boys.

"The junior high girls are actually drinking and using marijuana more than junior high boys," said Kim Henderson.

Henderson says drug use negatively affects you at any age, but drug use among youth is even worse.
"It’s a proven fact that the brain is not completely formed until the age of about 25, so it really does affect their frontal lobe development," said Kim Henderson.

Aguirre agrees and says that if you are already addicted to drugs like she is there is still hope and urges you to reach out to anyone you can for help.

"They had something that I wanted; they didn’t tell me that I had to stop doing drugs, they were just happy and I couldn't figure out how they got that way. So I started to trying to pursue a lifestyle that would make me feel the way those people feel," said Kelly Aguirre

We reached out to MISD Superintendent Ryder Warren for comment on the survey's findings, but he was unavailable for comment.
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