A SCHOOL’S SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS CAN KEEP KIDS FROM DRUGS, ALCOHOL – ufl.edu

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By: April Frawley Birdwell
Original Source: ufl.edu

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In building a culture where even the most underprivileged students can achieve academic success, schools may be able to inadvertently stymie another problem: drug and alcohol use.

While studying 61 inner-city middle schools in Chicago, University of Florida researchers found that students in schools that performed better than expected were less likely to use drugs and alcohol, steal or participate in fights than children in schools that did not perform as well. The study was published in March in the journal Prevention Science.

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