The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Releases Survey Results On Teen Drug Use
Jun 14, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the results of the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). These results are based on a survey given to 9th-12th grade students in the United States over approximately a two-year period. This report shows the prevalence of health problems and risky health behaviors, including drugs, among these students. Survey findings include that 39.9% of students had ever used marijuana, with 23.1% of students having used marijuana in the past month. In addition, 6.8% of students reported having ever used cocaine, 11.4% had ever used inhalants, 2.9% had ever used heroin, 3.8% hadever used methamphetamines, 3.8% had ever taken steroids without a prescription, and 20.7% had ever taken other types of prescription drugs without a prescription. 2.3% of students reported having ever injected an illegal drug, and 25.6% of students reported having been offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property in the past year.
Governments will use these results to set and track progress toward meeting school health and health promotion program goals, support modification of school health curricula or other programs, support new legislation and policies that promote health, and to seek funding and other support for new initiatives.
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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System: 2011 National Overview