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Report: Drug, alcohol use down among local teens

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati released data on Friday indicating that drug and alcohol use has decreased among local teens.

The 2010 survey includes students in 7th through 12th grades in the Cincinnati region.

Data from 49,524 students, from 131 public and private schools reveal that regular use rates, defined as the percent of youth who report having used at least once in the past 30 days, continue to decline. Alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana remain the region's top three substances of choice for youth.

In greater Cincinnati, the number of youth reporting they regularly use alcohol is at 18 percent in 2010 compared to 20% in 2008. Regular use of tobacco is at 13 percent in 2010, compared to 14 percent in 2008 and use of marijuana is at 10 percent this year, compared to 10 percent in 2008. Illicit drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, meth, hallucinogens, steroids, uppers, downers, range from 1 to 4 percent in both 2008 and 2010, depending on the drug.

The survey also reveals that from 2000-2010, alcohol use is down 40 percent; tobacco use is down by 38 percent; and marijuana use is down by 33 percent.

Greater Cincinnati youth are using alcohol and tobacco at lower rates than youth nationally. According to Pride Surveys 2009-2010 Student Drug Use Survey, at a national level youth use alcohol at a rate of 19.6 percent as compared to the Cincinnati area's rate of 18 percent. Tobacco use is at 15.2 percent nationally, compared to 13 percent locally. The use rates for marijuana showed the smallest difference at 10.2 percent nationally and 10 percent locally.

"In light of recent news regarding national drug use trends going up, the Coalition is excited to share this news of a continuing decline in adolescent drug and alcohol use at our local level," said Holly Molony, Coalition President/Executive Director. "We continue to see that the Greater Cincinnati community is changing when it comes to youth use of alcohol and drugs."

The survey methodology is available by clicking here.

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