Why are more German teens doing drugs at school?

Source: The Local

A growing trend of doing drugs at school has German officials concerned about society’s “downplaying” of the risks of certain drugs.

Rolling joints in the school bathroom, pills tossed aside in courtyards: Figures released by state authorities and the federal Interior Ministry show that ever more students are committing drug-related crimes at their own schools.

In the southwest state of Baden-Württemberg for example, the number of drug-related crimes in schools roughly tripled between 2011 and 2015, leaping from 348 incidents to 939 – despite a comprehensive addiction prevention programme.

The number of cases also almost tripled in Saxony-Anhalt, from 42 in 2011, to 109 in 2015.

In Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of school drug crimes more than doubled from 443 cases to 897. And Saxony in the east saw a doubling of such cases from 69 to 128 incidents.

Rhineland-Palatinate, Lower Saxony and Hesse also saw increases, though not as drastic.

Most cases involved the possession or purchasing of drugs, usually cannabis, and most of the students involved were older than 14.

Federal Drug Commissioner Marlene Mortler said a significant reason for the increase in these crimes was the “societal downplaying of cannabis”.

Bavaria’s state interior ministry noted a similar reason.

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