Teen substance use by grade and gender in Delaware

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Why This Indicator Matters

The health and well-being of adolescents and teenagers in communities nationwide is endangered by alcohol and drug use. Common social and environmental risk factors such as poor education, family-related stress and exposure to drugs and drug-abusing peers have been shown to contribute significantly to use of drugs and alcohol. Periods of transition, and the new challenges and environments that often come with these transitional times in young people's lives are considered especially high risk periods for drug use.
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Data Source: Delaware School Survey. Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware

Footnotes:

“S” = data are suppressed where number of incidences are at or below 30 to limit the disclosure of information about individual respondents and to reduce the number of estimates with unacceptable levels of statistical reliability.

Since 1995, the Center for Drug and Health Studies at the University of Delaware has administered an annual survey to public school students about alcohol, tobacco and drug use. The Delaware School Survey is an annual survey of 5th, 8th and 11th grade public school student in Delaware. This study is the continuation of a survey that was first administered to Delaware students in Spring, 1989. Since 2004, the Delaware School Survey has been jointly sponsored by the Delaware Legislature through the Delaware Health Fund and Prevention Block Grant funding. It has become a valuable tool in assessing trends of questions on school behavior, health habits and parental interaction. In recent years, the study has shown an increased interest in safety, parental involvement, educational needs and healthy lifestyles.

Last updated: 11/2020