OR Prosecutor Cites Drug Problems At Upscale Schools


Lincoln High School in downtown Portland, Or., isn’t alone in having drug problems, says Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk, who visited the school last night to speak to parents after two Lincoln students pleaded guilty to drug charges stemming from the fatal cocaine overdose of a Lincoln graduate last summer. Schrunk, who cited “disturbing levels of drug activity” at the school after the pleas, said, “This is a wake-up call for every school.” He told parents: “Don’t stick your head in the sand and say, ‘Oh, it’s someone else’s problem.’ ”

In an earlier story, The Oregonian said that the wealth and high achievement levels at Lincoln and other upscale Portland-area schools merely make drug abuse harder to track — and may, according to a recent Columbia University study, actually increase the likelihood that students will experiment with drugs like the cocaine that killed the Lincoln graduate.

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