Doctor’s Orders: Using and Abusing Medical Marijuana Cards

Doctor’s Orders: Using and Abusing Medical Marijuana Cards

Colorful sugar-dusted gummy edibles. A medical bottle packed with a few grams. Perfectly-rolled joints packaged in plastic tubes and a Bic lighter enameled with a gopher graphic.   These items lay askew on the console of Ali’s* ’16 car as she and her boyfriend stared at the assortment, their mouths agape. It was not the […]

Effects of Adderall on academics

Effects of  Adderall on academics

Facing the pressure of schoolwork and outside obligations, Mary* ’17 turns to medication such at Ritalin, Vyvanse and Adderall to keep her focused and awake. She started taking them regularly this year when her schoolwork and extracurricular activities increased, claiming that it was not possible to complete hours of work without “some sort of outside […]

Have you met Molly?

Have you met Molly?

Pockets brimming with pills and powders, a man peddled his goods to the crowd around him as they listened to the latest hits at Ultra Music Festival in Miami earlier this year. Gerard* ’17 and a friend both decided to take a chance, buy some of the drug colloquially referred to as Molly, and use […]

School starts using breathalyzers

The school has purchased breathalyzers for the security department to keep students safe when it suspects they are intoxicated, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas said. “[The breathalyzers] are there as a tool that’s nice to have if you need them,” Barzdukas said. The school security guards, who work for a third party company hired […]

School starts using breathalyzers

The school has purchased breathalyzers for the security department to keep students safe when it suspects they are intoxicated, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas said. “[The breathalyzers] are there as a tool that’s nice to have if you need them,” Barzdukas said. The school security guards, who work for a third party company hired […]

Taking the High Road

Taking the High Road

As Sophia* drove down her street on the way to a party, her excitement gradually turned into paranoia. It took a conscious effort for her to focus on the road, and the laughter of her three friends became distracting rather than encouraging. After only a few minutes, she decided to pull over. “While I was […]

Therapist to speak on drug, alcohol abuse

Parents will hear a talk called “Teen Abuse and Addiction to Drugs, Alcohol and Electronic Technology” at the Middle School Feb. 4, as part of the speaker series that the Parents’ Association has organized for this year. Licensed marriage, family and cognitive therapist Richard B. Cohen, who is also the founder of Of One Mind, […]

'A Diabolical Instrument'

A white line of powder cut across his reflection as he took out a small silver straw to take a hit off a mirror in his desk drawer. Moments after he finished, his students rushed into the office to surprise him with a teaching award. Two grams of cocaine had become part of performing arts […]