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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because we haven't seen it in our schools, doesn't mean it isn't there," says Weston Police Chief Steven Shaw. "Like it or not, drugs have been there and will always be there." The emergence of opiates and heroin at Wellesley High School, however, has caught the administration's attention. "To be clear, this is not in huge numbers," says former Principal Andrew Keough (Keough was still principal at the time of this interview but is no longer at Wellesley High School), "but we definitely have had kids or have kids who have used opiates." Students at Wellesley High School corroborate this sobering fact. A senior (who has since graduated) who asked not to be identified says that "a lot of harder drugs have come into the school recently; a lot of people are using heroin now." When asked to come up with a precise number, the student knew of seven or eight people per- sonally who were experimenting with heroin and many more who were using opiate-based prescription drugs. Another student who also asked not to be identified says that she thinks "every year the problem gets worse. Every day you hear of someone new [experimenting with opiates or heroin]. It is like that, especially at our school; people get pulled in." In affluent towns like Wellesley and Weston, experts blame the bur- geoning drug problem on everything from macro targets like Big 98 Bad Habits W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 54% of non-medical users of prescription drugs get them free from a friend or relative "The doctor gave it to me, how bad can it be?"

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