The Chemistry of Drug Abuse

(UHD News) The harsh reality of drug usage among high school students is staggering.

According to an analysis conducted by in 2016 and data obtained from the Texas Education Agency, nearly 50% of the top 30 high schools with the highest percentage of drug-related incidents belong to the Fort Bend Independent School District and Houston Independent School District. And the numbers keep growing.

Dr. Vishakha ‘Vish’ Shembekar and students in her CHEM 1201: Organic Chemistry Lab I and CHEM 1202: Organic Chemistry Lab II conducted their service-learning project “Damaging Effects of Drug Abuse on the Lifestyle of High School Students.” To do so, the students collected and organized information about the myriad abusive drugs (both prescription and non-prescription drugs) that are used by high schoolers.

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