Vaping issues in central Ohio schools

After reviewing records from 18 central Ohio school districts, cases of vaping were reported in nearly all of them.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Central Ohio school leaders and students involved in drug prevention programs say teens are using drugs that are harder to detect.

For the past three months, 10TV has requested drug incident tapes and police reports from school districts and law enforcement agencies throughout the Columbus area.

It is increasingly common for teenagers, some in college, to vape.

After reviewing records from 18 central Ohio school districts, cases of vaping were reported in nearly all of them.

Among those cases, authorities found vaping with THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. Reports also indicated that a 16-year-old was carrying LSD.

10TV reporter Lindsey Mills spoke with Deputy Dan Fahy, a school resource officer at Franklin Heights High School in the Southwest City Schools District.

In his office, he has a small test kit that is used to detect THC in vaping devices he finds. Fahy said on average he uses one of these kits once a month. He said since he started working at Franklin Heights High School in 2017, he’s noticed an increase in vaping among students.

Fahy, along with school leaders and students, are worried because vaping products and THC cartridges are readily available online and easy to hide.

“We’re seeing more vaping, not as many cigarette cases. It’s THC in vape form rather than marijuana,” Fahy said. “It’s becoming more and more prevalent as costs go down.”

On 10TV News Thursday at 6 p.m., Lindsey Mills digs deeper into what other central Ohio school districts are seeing when it comes to teen drugs. She also talks to drug prevention advocates about what they are doing to get ahead of the problem.

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