Are drugs a problem in Bellmore's High Schools

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Wake Up

Brooklyn, NY

#21 Jan 25, 2011
Read a recent news article:
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YES! Your kid. YES! Your schools… Are on drugs!

by Lynn Quiroz

“Not my kid” and “Not my school district” are lines that parents are kidding themselves about. WAKE UP!!!! These days’ high school teens are getting everything from Marijuana to Pills & Ecstasy to Heroin in school. They are buying from classmates, staff in the schools, and in Massapequa there was a local physician just outside the property (now arrested). Accessibility is becoming so easy that students are selling prescription painkillers that were taken right from their family’s medicine cabinet. What is more disturbing is that kids are buying pharmaceuticals from their Blackberries’ and Laptops on the internet and selling them to their friends. And these drugs do not discriminate; they are in school districts all over Long Island. They are in the public, private, and catholic middle and high schools alike. They are being used by the Honor Students, athletes,“popular kids”, as well as though who are failing and may be dubbed “outcasts”. So, yes, it could be MY child, YOUR child, or the kid next door.

After interviewing more than 20 students, I was told that “Pot” is a staple to these teens, many starting to smoke as early as 6th and 7th grade. By the time these kids are freshmen in High School; large groups have at least tried Marijuana. X*, a senior at Hicksville High School states that the freshmen start drinking and smoking pot then some move onto pills and it escalates from there. Y*, a recent graduate from Lynbrook has commented on the rampant use of marijuana and pills in the High School. Z*, a freshman in Seaford was well aware of whom to buy drugs from in school. Z already has friends who are smoking pot and drinking. There are sophomores even taking painkillers or Xanax at this point. Q*, a junior at Saint Dominic’s talks about the large amount of Marijuana smokers in all grades, and that a large group of juniors have moved onto Oxy and Xanax. X and Q have acquaintances that are already showing signs of addiction. My list goes on….. I have spoken to students from Hicksville, Seaford, Massapequa, Lynbrook, Mount Sinai, Coram and the private Catholic High Schools. There are a couple of unanimous issues; there are large quantities of Marijuana, Pills, Cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs in our high schools, and they are all for sale.

The New York Times and CBS News have both published articles about the rise of Heroin use. There have been large increases in the number of addictions and overdoses on Long Island. The Heroin on the street now is so pure (15 times as pure as 1970‘s heroin), that it only needs to be snorted. Many kids have said that by snorting the Heroin, they won’t become addicted because they are not injecting it.(CBS, 2009) From January to June of 2009, there were 25 deaths from heroin overdose in Nassau County - more than from homicide and drunk driving COMBINED!(New York Times, 2009)
Concerned Bellmore

Brooklyn, NY

#23 Jan 26, 2011
Another Article to read on te subject:
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Heroin in Long Island Schools

by Amanda Ivaldi

Over the past few months there has been a HUGE outbreak in heroin overdoses and uses in many Long Island schools. Some of the major schools that have been in the news are Massapequa, Sachem North, Melville, Northport, Hicksville, Seaford, Smithtown and East Meadow High Schools.

Some schools on Long Island are even going as far as to use undercover cops to get these dealers behind bars and the users in rehab where they belong. When I spoke to Principal Lowell, he said “As far as trying to get these kids to stop, I do not know how that will happen. All I know is that right now, the districts are doing everything we can to find out who these kids are and help them to our fullest possible extent.” His high school was one of the high schools on Long Island where the Twilight Dime Bags were being distributed with heroin in them.

Two schools on Long Island already have gained nicknames based on the usage and dealing of drugs. Melville/Northport is known as “The Pharmacy” and Sachem North is known as “The Drug Store”. In Smithtown, even their middle schools started a program called “Too Good for Drugs”. This is a 10 week program including Accompsett and Nesaquake (two middle schools) who are making the kids learn good self-esteem habits and learning how to say no to drugs.
Too few cops

Wantagh, NY

#24 Jan 30, 2011
There are too few cops looking and making a effort to clean up the drug problems on Long Island. I think they do a good job but have too many drug dealers and indifference by people who live here. Too much "not my kid" and "not in my neighborhood".

Since: Dec 10

Bronx, NY

#25 Jan 30, 2011
Easier to turn a blind eye. A lot of people do that on this forum.
you are right

Bellmore, NY

#26 Jan 30, 2011
these parents are all doing their own thing- not really caring what is going on with their kids.
Oh My

Brooklyn, NY

#27 Feb 25, 2011
I saw a car with a girl maybe 20 years old who you would never ever think would be buying drugs doing it. She had a friend maybe 20 also in the car driving a Dark Blue Toyota Scion.(Maybe mom & Dad's car)Buying from a well known Bellmore drug dealer last weekend. I feel sorry for the girls that they have no one who is being concerned (Parents or police). It looks like Merrick resident with a great address but money to burn. We need to elect politicians that care and make this a their concern that our children are going down the toilet.
Truth Hurts

Warwick, NY

#28 Feb 25, 2011
Oh My wrote:
I saw a car with a girl maybe 20 years old who you would never ever think would be buying drugs doing it. She had a friend maybe 20 also in the car driving a Dark Blue Toyota Scion.(Maybe mom & Dad's car)Buying from a well known Bellmore drug dealer last weekend. I feel sorry for the girls that they have no one who is being concerned (Parents or police). It looks like Merrick resident with a great address but money to burn. We need to elect politicians that care and make this a their concern that our children are going down the toilet.
Politicians are your answer?
Guaranteed you are a liberal. What a ridiculous idea.
It is Mom and Dad's problem, period. Politicians don't do anything but line their pockets and look out for their special interests. They could care less about this. Cops couldn't care either, it's a "low level beef"...
Long Time res of LB

East Northport, NY

#29 Feb 25, 2011
The drugs are everywhere....Parents you are responsible for your kids and there actions. Don't leave prescription drugs (too many adults hooked on prescription drugs) laying around! It is not okay for kids to drink at a young age, your not doing them any favors. Say it's not okay to drink, drug and get piercings and tattoo's. Let your kids know you have their best interests at heart and you know what is best for them. Love them and spend time with them.
Oh My

Brooklyn, NY

#30 Mar 1, 2011
I see drug deals every single week made by a particular person on my block. He sells to JFK High kids almost every single day. The kids buying look just like all the other kids nice kids. Talked till I was blue in the face to Nassau PD. Talk to DEA and they say tracking a drug dealer is small time and Nassau PD's job, who do you call? When did everyone stop caring? Parents stopped, the police stopped, most of the neighbors stopped.

Since: Dec 10

Bronx, NY

#31 Mar 1, 2011
It has become all to common place. I guess they rate more consumed with the mass murders and rapists in the area. i guess you can understand that.

Todays drug addict is tomorrows murderer.

They need to reach out to the children while they are still in school. Once they are out of school they have no one. They don't have their parents now they wont have them later.

There is a school in Suffolk that is thinking out of the box and is making an attempt to reach out to the children while they are still in school before its to late.

Funny thing the idiots criticize that. How short sighted they are.

It is so easy ti condemn new ideas or forward thinking.
jfk grad

Wayne, NJ

#32 Mar 1, 2011
look out your window wrote:
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I had to take my kids out of the schools in bellmore and put them in private because of whats going on there.
Wake up and get involved-see whats really going on,
thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard b.c the private schools are even worse, jfk has very few hard drugs just tons of weed and some xanx,not much though honestly its a good school and the kids are responsible with what they do drink and smoke yes, no heroin no coke no pills really ever its calhoun and mepham u should worry more pills and harder drugs their
grad

Wayne, NJ

#33 Mar 1, 2011
look out your window wrote:
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I had to take my kids out of the schools in bellmore and put them in private because of whats going on there.
Wake up and get involved-see whats really going on,
and just so you know all the kids in private school eat oxys.roxies,x like canddyy even in school st.anthonys trinity*
Mike

West Milford, NJ

#35 Mar 2, 2011
parents are stupid...no matter where you send your kids there is going to be a drug problem...and its not just the kids, i know parents that smoke blunts with their kids and buy bags off of people i know...it is inevitable, its either people are gonna do do drugs out in the open or the privacy of there home...if you dont want your kids to have a drug issue before he/she goes away to college stop giving them huge allowances for no reason and have a better relationship with them instead of being naive....dumb ass parents smh
Question

Brooklyn, NY

#36 Mar 3, 2011
I heard a rumor the guy who shot the fireman had something to do w/ the drug scene going on here. There is supposed to be a place on Merrick Rd near Bellmore Ave that is a place drugs move through as they pass to the street. This guy rumor says was part of that group selling? Anyone hear that rumor?

Since: Dec 10

Bronx, NY

#37 Mar 8, 2011
jfk grad wrote:
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thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard b.c the private schools are even worse, jfk has very few hard drugs just tons of weed and some xanx,not much though honestly its a good school and the kids are responsible with what they do drink and smoke yes, no heroin no coke no pills really ever its calhoun and mepham u should worry more pills and harder drugs their
Let me guess, you are in charge of inventory control?

Wake up you fool!
JFK student

Brooklyn, NY

#38 Aug 27, 2013
Hard drugs are being sold in school (JFK) and outside,the administrators here don't give a crap about it. We have some serious dealers park just outside and sell all day long. NCPD appears not to care. Some do Pot but that is almost just a cover for doing harder stuff. Most parenst don't care if you tell them you are smoking weed. So we all say that. Perhaps 60-70% of the class is smoking weed 20-30% doing serious stuff. Most parents are oblivious to it.

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