Coventry High School Students Among Biggest Users of Cocaine, Prescription Drugs

Data was compiled by the Department of Epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health for use by cities and towns to battle substance abuse.

Coventry High School
Coventry High School

Students at Coventry High School are among the biggest users of cocaine and illegal prescription drugs in Rhode Island, but some of the least likely to consume alcohol, according to a special report released for all of the state’s 39 communities on Monday, Dec. 9.

The data was compiled by the Department of Epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health for the Rhode Island State Epidemiology and Outcomes Workgroup headed by Brown Professor Stephen Buka.

The workgroup is a cross-state agency formed because there is no single state agency that is responsible for drug-use prevention, reporting and treatment, said Buka.

According to the results, Coventry High School students rank:

  • fourth in their illegal use of cocaine;
  • fifth in their use of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Codeine, and Adderall not prescribed to them by a physician (third when asked if they had used in the past 30 days);
  • sixth in the use of inhalants, also known as “huffing”;
  • fifteenth in their use of marijuana (eleventh in the use of marijuana in the past 30 days);
  • eighteenth in being under the influence of drugs in school;
  • eighth in other illegal drug use.

CHS students rank well below the state averages for most alcohol-use categories. 

Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School students also rank well below the state averages for all drug and alcohol-use categories.

The substance-use data came from RIDE’s SurveyWorks! 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 results, said Buka. Students are asked to go on online to complete the surveys at least once a year. Parents have been able to opt-in or opt-out their children in years past, said Buka. 

The students are asked straight-forward questions such as:

  • Have you tried prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription?
  • Have you tried marijuana?
  • Have you tried inhalants?
  • Have you tried cocaine?
  • Have you been under the influence of drugs at school during the past 12 months?

Click here or see the attached PDF to see Coventry's results for yourself. Data for the 38 additional Rhode Island communities can be found at the RI Prevention Resource Center, by clicking here.

Leaving RI Two December 12, 2013 at 08:42 AM
No surprise there! But hang on folks, all of Coventry High's principal's family members will be trashing my comment and leaving praising remarks for him.
me December 12, 2013 at 09:51 AM
I know that is the truth my son & his buddies class of 2011 are among those cocaine & prescription drug users. If you go back & look up more than half those kids names in that class & then go look in the judiciary website you will see most of there names or there also!! I can't blame the school only my son's stupid choices!!
Pat December 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM
CHS is #2 for weapons at school. Did they count keychains?
mad hatter December 12, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Bristol has some big problems....
Al Schmidt December 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Oh yea, Chuck Nelson rules!!!!
antnardolillo December 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Although I believe there is a high number of students who use or have tried illegal drugs I question the accuracy of the statistics. How many kids do you think took the survey seriously when they answered the questions?
Edward Kalunian December 12, 2013 at 01:41 PM
This article is a joke. The data is beyond fake, I remember a lot of my peers purposely lying on these surveys just for kicks, because let's face it, we all thought they were ridiculous. If you're seriously going to use that to make the claim that CHS students are among the biggest users of cocaine and prescription drugs, well, are YOU high?
Abigale Hope Fitzgerald December 12, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I remember taking this survey and lying, I said I'd tried a bunch of drugs I'd never touch just because the survey was ridiculous. The accuracy of these results can't be true, I know I'm not the only one who said "yes" to trying cocaine and heroine just for laughs.
me December 12, 2013 at 02:58 PM
ok well you guys lied about on the test, but like i said i'm a parent who has seen this going on & it is at least 1/2 that school doing these drugs!! Thank God there is a rule in place so the kids playing sports will be drug tested, i like that idea!!!!
alanshawnfeinsteinisanegomaniacbastard December 12, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Anyone who believes these studies are accurate is an idiot. Most of the kids that took it lied on the survey out of some sort of adolescent rebellion to make the school look bad. Unless every kid is drug tested, there is no objective way to accurately obtain these results; self-reporting is wildly inaccurate. Your anecdotal evidence with your kids does not confirm anything.
Jaimeson Musco December 12, 2013 at 08:08 PM
coventry high is full of coke snorting pussies. big shock.
Kaylee Equestrian Harrington December 12, 2013 at 08:55 PM
As much as I agree with the idea that there are some serious pot heads in my school, I'm telling you first hand that the SurveyWorks results are not reliable. We took the survey in advisory and it was an anonymous, online survey so there were SO MANY kids lying and checking off that they did all the drugs listed, skipped school, got in physical fights, self harmed, considered suicide because it was 'funny'. "It's anonymous so I can't get in trouble. Nobody looks at the results anyway." my moronic peers basically said. I'm sitting there taking the survey seriously and there's kids clicking random buttons going "haha, I do drugs and want to kill myself. If this survey wasn't anonymous I'd be in the mental hospital." Yeah, so funny, guys. Look what your little joke did. I can't stand the idiots in this school. This town could be so much better. I can't believe people are using anonymous survey results to determine how many druggies are in CHS. If you want to know, just walk into the bathrooms, under the staircases and outside the school during lunch and count 'em up.
Joe Nardolillo December 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Studies like this overshadow everything that a school like Coventry does great. In the last 3 years, we've had an RI teacher, principal, and assistant principal of the year. Student athletes have placed on state, New England, and National levels. There have been countless seniors accepted into some of the best colleges with very competitive programs. I am in no way denying that Coventry has a drug problem that needs a solution, but this is no reason that all of the great things about the school should be forgotten. Coventry has a lot of opportunities for students to take advantage of and should never be remembered as one of the worst schools in Rhode Island because students think it is funny to answer a survey jokingly.
Stephanie Turgeon December 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM
It's unfortunate that kids don't take these surveys seriously because they could actually serve a purpose if people didn't lie. This is a crock of bull and everyone knows it..
judy198 December 14, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Well that survey says a lot when in middle school you are ok but once you get to high school you are likely to become a drug addict, boy has Coventry sure changed a lot over the years.
dljaycox December 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM
I know for a fact these test a a bunch of crock!! I to was a child and lied on them. so you cant go by these test they are very in accurate.
Kaitlyn Chere December 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM
only because this school fucking blows and they made it into a prison, you NEED a couple xanex and some perks just to wanna go there....at least we wernt "rolling" in to math class every morning, Oh wait yeah the class below me was Lmao emergency exits on EVERY door come on this school drove these kids to pop some pills here in there That place sucks


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