Teen drug survey in Clermont Co. has mixed results

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - A survey of teen drug and alcohol use in Clermont County has mixed results.

According to the results of the Clermont County 2012 Student Drug Use Survey, over 82 percent of county youth in grades 7 through 12 have not used alcohol in the past 30 days. That number represents a four percent improvement over the past six years.  However, 15.4 percent of all the students surveyed have used a prescription drug not prescribed to them within the past year - some users as young as 11 years old.

This survey is a project of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County and Greater Cincinnati that provides in-depth analysis of the self-reported drug use patterns of area youth. Every two years, the Coalition implements the unprecedented Student Drug Use Survey to collect youth drug use data from seventh to twelfth graders throughout Clermont County, as well as nine other area counties. The survey is recognized across the region and nationally as a current and reliable source of validated information on local youth substance abuse and is the largest of its kind in the country.

A total of 9,146 students from schools county-wide completed the localized version of the PRIDE Survey between Sept. 26, 2011 and Dec. 21, 2011. The data is representative demographically of the region by grade/age, gender, and ethnicity.

Other results from the survey found marijuana use over the past 30 days has been steadily increasing, although slightly.  Since 2006, the average age at which youth first use tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana has increased, and the perceived risk of harm from using marijuana is decreasing. Youth who use prescription drugs that are not prescribed for them get the drugs most often from friends, parents, and siblings, and 5.4 percent of the youth surveyed reported using an illicit drug every day over the past year.

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