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MN Student Survey Data

Drug Facts

ATOD – Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Underage drinking, tobacco, misuse and abuse of over-the-counter medications and illicit drugs affect the health and safety of Steele County. The Safe and Drug Free Coalition’s mission is empowering youth to choose a chemical free lifestyle. 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18. The age someone starts to use substances greatly increases their risk for developing serious addictions and health problems later in life.

BRAINS YOUNGER THAN 25 ARE STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Brain under construction
During these crucial developmental teen years, the brain is more vulnerable to alterations in its’ structure and function, leading to consequences later in life.

Addictive substances physically change the brain over time. When an addiction develops, changes in the brain cause the user to prioritize the substance over everything else. Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs act as stimulants and depressants that either speed you up or slow you down based on the amount with potentially lethal consequences.

Talk with young people early, often and openly about the risks of underage alcohol use, tobacco and other drugs. Together, we can help young people understand that they do not need substances to have fun, fit in or function through life’s challenges.

Alcohol

alcohol2016 Steele County: 10.2 percent of 8th graders, 9.3 percent of 9th graders and 23.5 percent of 11th graders drank alcohol in the past 30 days

2016 MN State Average: 7.9 percent of 8th graders, 11.2 percent of 9th graders and 24.6 percent of 11th graders drank alcohol in the past 30 days

The trend: Statewide, about one-in seven (13.9 percent) of students in grades 8, 9 and 11 reported drinking an alcoholic beverage on at least one day during the 30 days before the survey while in Steele County we are slightly above the state average at (14.4%)

Tobacco

tobacco2016 Steele County: Cigarette smoking 4.7 percent of 8th graders, 3.6 percent of 9th graders and 13.5 percent of 11th graders reported cigarette smoking in the past 30 days

2016 MN State Average: Cigarette smoking 2.8 percent of 8th graders, 4.3 percent of 9th graders and 8.4 percent of 11th graders reported cigarette smoking in the past 30 days

The trend: Use of conventional tobacco products, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, little cigars and chewing tobacco continues to fall throughout the state and are at the lowest levels of teen smoking ever reported on the survey, however Steele County has work to do to get our numbers down as well as combating the rise in use of electronic cigarettes.

Other Drugs

drugs2016 Steele County: Marijuana use 7.1 percent of students in grades 8, 9 and 11 used marijuana in the past 30 days.

The trend: The prevalence of marijuana use in the past 30 days was 6.9 percent among 8th graders, 4.7 percent among 9th graders and 9.8 percent among 11th graders.

2016 MN State Average: Marijuana use 8.6 percent of students in grades 8, 9 and 11 used marijuana in the past 30 days.

The trend: The prevalence of marijuana use in the past 30 days was 4.6 percent among 8th graders, 6.8 percent among 9th graders and 15.7 percent among 11th graders.

2016 Steele County: Prescription misuse 3.3 percent of students in grades 8, 9 and 11 reported misusing prescription drugs in the past 30 days.

2016 MN State Average: Prescription misuse 4.7 percent of students in grades 8, 9 and 11 reported misusing prescription drugs in the past 30 days.

The trend: Marijuana and prescription misuse are on the rise throughout the country. Painkillers, depressants and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths in the United States than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines combined.

Steele County Safe and Drug Free Coalition |
110 N. Cedar Ave.| Owatonna, MN 55060
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