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According to, 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students in America smoke a form of e-cigarettes.

The crown juul

Mia Intagliata, opinions writer April 20, 2023

Disclaimer: The names Jane and Anna will be used to protect these students. For Jane, senior, every minute she can go without her vape is an accomplishment. She has been addicted to vaping since the...

Addiction Is Real is breaking the silence of teenagers by educating parents on the power of communication.

Charity Issue: Stop the silence

Anna Kaiser, entertainment writer November 23, 2022

Addicted to heroin and pregnant with her first child, Heidi Bartels was in labor and stuck on what she should do next. When she gave birth, her son was diagnosed with a drug addiction and she lost custody...

Most students rely on caffeine to wake them up each morning, especially with Pioneer Perks open every before class.

Alternate energy: KHS student’s experience with caffeine

Morrigan Carey, features writer November 4, 2022

School starts before most full time jobs usually do. First period at KHS begins at 7:45 a.m., even when researchers from Oxford University say it should be at least two hours later. Most students rely...

We all know caffeine is “technically” a drug and most people are probably “addicted” to it, but it’s socially accepted, so how bad could it be?

Cracked on caffeine

Nathan Sweeney, features + in-depth editor March 6, 2022

*This piece is entirely satirical. Nothing has more power over me than caffeine. My name is Nathan, but a Starbucks employee could misspell my name as “Nksjdlqo” and spit in my drink, and I would...

A KHS senior boy’s pornography addiction began when he was in 6th grade.

Addicted to porn

Maya Kim, web editor March 4, 2022

He flipped through the TV channels looking for something to watch and stumbled across a movie that contained something he hadn’t seen before. At 13, this was his first exposure to graphic sexual content....

Stigma around drug abuse can make it more difficult for people struggling with addiction to seek help.

Getting help

Grace Marcus , print managing editor March 1, 2022

This story discusses topics that may be difficult for some readers, including substance abuse and addiction. If you are struggling with addiction, contact a counselor or call the SAMHSA hotline at 1-800-662-HELP...

Constant dependence on technology can both connect society and isolate individuals.

Plugged in, checked out

Megan Glasgow, features writer March 24, 2020

“Hey, [how are you]?” “Fine.” “Are you okay?” “Yes.” “Ok.” The next message JJ Penn, junior, received was a breakup text, sent with a few clicks on a screen in the...

Art of a hand scrolling on their phone, as many KHS students do.

KHS takes on technology addiction

Lydia Cohen, social media managing editor March 24, 2020

Below are quotes from KHS students and staff discussing their views regarding technology addiction and the role it has played in their life.     “I feel like I haven’t had horrible...

Addicted at an early age

Amelia Hurley, features + in-depth editor March 24, 2020

It’s hard to believe that the first portable laptop was created only 30 years ago, a chunky device with limited internet use. As the world has evolved with technology, KSD has integrated it into their...

art by Maggie Burton

Prescription for addiction

Jack Anderson, features writer November 30, 2018

A woman named Emily from Rochester, New York, had a doctor who prescribed her painkillers for fibromyalgia and arthritis. She grew up in an upper-class suburb and according to PBS, after taking the painkillers...

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