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Police prepare for drug enforcement in high schools

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Police prepare for drug enforcement in high schools. Nationally we have seen a decrease in teens smoking cigarette, but an increase use of marijuana and over the counter drugs with teens between 8th and 12th grade.

Larger cities tend to have more school drug related issues because they generally have more drug concentrated areas. Kennewick Police told us today that the number of kids dealt with year to year is typical with other high schools in the U.S.

Cop. Ryan Perry says "it's not necessarily worse than when we see with adults but it definitely is a presence. I would say that marijuana and prescription drugs are the two most common that we've seen with kids."

Each local high school has an officer assigned to the school who is there all day. The officer works at the school as a high school resource officer working with teachers and staff creating drug prevention programs.

The officer also handles any drug related crimes that are committed at the school.