WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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problem. "We have sent a very complicated message to our kids," says Norwood Police Chief William Brooks, who is also director of NORPAC, an anti-drug task force for Norfolk County. "Not only have we decriminalized it, we have rebranded it as medicinal." Parents' past recreational marijuana use can also inform their thinking about their child's experimentation. This equivocation adds to the challenge for law enforcement. "People say 'I used it when I was young and I am fine,' " says Chief Cunningham, "what they don't know is that the potency of marijuana has gone way up. If much of the pot were sent to a lab nowadays, it would be classified as a Class C substance, the same as hashish and other hallucinogens." For some students, smoking marijuana is considered as common as doing homework. "Everybody smokes weed," says the Wellesley High senior quoted above, "it's not considered a hard drug." But when it comes to opiate use, the denial among parents is concerning to many. "The thing is that parents are so oblivious," says the other student interviewed. "I honestly hope this article can open parent's eyes to make sure their kids aren't practicing such scary habits." The ignorance and disbelief among some parents may be due to the universal dread that heroin conjured up from their youth. "When we were growing up, heroin seemed so distant from us, it was not in our neigh- borhoods," notes Dr. Keough. "I think we've become complacent because now it is right 103 f a l l 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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