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York High School investigates student drug use

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 12:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:51 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – York High School Principal Diana Smith sent a letter home to parents last week regarding student drug use.

Police liaisons and deans conducted a week-long investigation into drug use among some students. According to Smith's email, the investigation led her to believe some students are using e-cigarettes to inhale vapors from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient in marijuana. The e-cigarettes allow users to inhale the drug without giving off a smell or smoke.

The investigation also indicated that while most of the drug activity is taking place outside of school, Smith's email still acknowledged some drug use takes place at York. Students are also thought to be cooking marijuana into baked goods at home, making it easier to consume without detection.

Smith also read a statement over the intercom reminding students that using or possessing drugs or alcohol results in a suspension and dealing drugs is grounds for expulsion.

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