Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Survey tracks drug, alcohol abuse among Madison students

Shoreline Times (Madison, CT) February 6, 2012

"A survey recently given to local seventh through 12th-graders showed an overall decrease in alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use, but it also resulted in some shocking statistics that the Madison Alcohol and Drug Education Coalition hopes to address.
MADE surveyed more than 1,600 youths last November about their habits regarding substance use so they can track trends, pinpoint problems and intervene as necessary. The results, released to town officials during a presentation Tuesday in Town Hall, showed that there was a decline in risky behavior among youth between 2009 and 2011. Overall underage drinking decreased 4.2 percent, tobacco use decreased 14.3 percent and marijuana use decreased 6.7 percent.
Coalition Coordinator Catherine LeVasseur said Tuesday that the average age youth are starting to use substances is 13.3 years old." Read More

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