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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

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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

alcohol2019 Steele County: 10 percent of 8th graders, 14 percent of 9th graders and 25 percent of 11th graders drank alcohol in the past 30 days

2019 MN State Average: 8 percent of 8th graders, 12 percent of 9th graders and 23 percent of 11th graders drank alcohol in the past 30 days

The trend: Statewide, about one-in seven (13 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 (16%)

Vaping / E-Cigarette Use

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2019 Steele County: Vaping / e-cigarette use, 17 percent of 8th graders, 18 percent of 9th graders and 28 percent of 11th graders reported cigarette smoking in the past 30 days

2019 MN State Average: Vaping / e-cigarette use 11 percent of 8th graders, 16 percent of 9th graders and 26 percent of 11th graders reported cigarette smoking in the past 30 days

The trend: Vaping is in the news weekly as it’s an evolving topic on the ways it’s causing harm to users. Through prevention education and reducing access to these products, we hope to combat the vaping epidemic. Conventional cigarette use, which had been declining for decades is unfortunately on the rise as nicotine addiction has been introduced to a new generation of young people.

Marijuana

drugs2019 Steele County: Marijuana use 10 percent of students in grades 8, 9 and 11 used marijuana in the past 30 days.

2019 MN State Average: Marijuana use 8.5 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 is on the rise both at a local and state level with a low perception of harm and misleading information associated with the risk, especially surround products with high concentration levels of THC.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs2019 Steele County: Prescription misuse 4 percent of students in grades 8, 9 and 11 reported misusing prescription drugs in the past 30 days.

2019 MN State Average: Prescription misuse 4 percent of students in grades 8, 9 and 11 reported misusing prescription drugs in the past 30 days.

The trend: Painkillers, depressants and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths in the United States than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines combined. Monitor the prescriptions within your household.

Steele County Safe and Drug Free Coalition |
1850 Austin Rd #103| Owatonna, MN 55060
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