The Observer

Do CHS students ‘just say no’?

By Sammi Silber, Editor in Chief

November 20, 2014

By the end of high school, students have sat through years of health classes to learn the horrors of drugs and the proper way to “just say no” to using them.  Regardless of being taught these dangers, some students rebel. Although CHS is a National Blue Ribbon School and is known for its academics,...

NFL has unfair penalties

By Jake Certner, Staff Writer

September 26, 2014

The NFL has recently changed what defines a drug offense in their eyes, yet they have not made any strides in improving the ineffective punishment system they continue to use for these violations. Before the 2014 season began, 28 players were suspended for NFL substance violations. Among these 28...

Teens fear police more than damage from drug use

Teens fear police more than damage from drug use

By Lori Koenick and Allison Srour, Features Editors

March 27, 2012

  Pregaming ─ a typical teenager ritual to get loosened up before a big event such as a party or a concert. Pregaming usually entails taking a few shots or having a couple beers, but now popping some pills has joined the ritual.   In recent months, many students have been opting out of alcohol ...

Ecstasy: The Highs and Lows of the “Love Drug”

By Ben Hollander Staff Writer

October 26, 2011

The following narrative is based on a first time user’s experience with MDMA. Any students mentioned have had their names changed to protect their identity. Senior John walks into a club and is welcomed by the sight of beautiful women dressed head-to-toe in neon, bandanas, pacifiers and Camelbacks,. ...

Ivory wave has dangerous effects, legality questioned

By Emma Crutchfield, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

People have heard of all of the commonly abused drugs like marijuana, heroin and cocaine, but now there is a new drug people are starting to abuse—Ivory Wave. According to Dr. Leon Gussow, the editor for the medical toxicology blog The Poison Review, the makers of Ivory Wave have labeled it as a...

Adderall abuse increases dramatically among teens

By Tony Raffa, Staff Writer Ben Hollander, Staff Writer

April 12, 2011

The common idea that kids only take drugs to get high is changing. Adderall and other Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medication usage has increased rapidly among teenagers in the last 10 years. Unlike common prescription drug abuse, Adderall is a drug not used to get high or experience...

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