Student drug use survey reveals decline

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati released the results of their student drug use survey on Friday.

CDFGC administers the PRIDE Student Drug Use Survey every two years, and surveys more than 57,000 7th-12th grade students from 119 area schools.

The survey, conducted in the fall of 2011, revealed that alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and non-medical use of prescription drugs are the most prevalent drugs used among students, in that order. However, the use of these drugs continues to decrease among students. Since the survey conducted in 2000, alcohol use has declined 43%, tobacco use has declined 43%, and Marijuana use has declined 27%.

This is the first year that the survey has studied the use of prescription drugs among students.

According to the survey, the average age that students are first experimenting with these drugs is 13 years old.

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