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PERCENTAGE OF YOUTH USING TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA AND INHALANTS

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Marijuana use among middle and high school students has decreased since 2008.

Significance of Indicator: Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They estimate that smoking results in billions of dollars in cost to US residents as a result of medical expenditures and lost productivity. The CDC also reports that “alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs, and is responsible for more than 4,700 annual deaths among underage youth. The office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reports that youth substance abuse contributes to declining academic performance, physical and mental health issues, absenteeism, and delinquency.

How we are doing on this Indicator: Alcohol and marijuana are the most popular substances used by Austin ISD High Schoolers, though use of both has declined. In 2015, 17% of AISD high school students self-reported using alcohol at least once per month. 16% of students self-reported using marijuana at least once per month. Tobacco use has declined, with only 6% of AISD high school students reporting using at least once per month. Alcohol and Marijuana are also the most commonly used substances by AISD Middle School students, with 4% of students reporting using at least once per month. Just 1% of AISD Middle School students report using tobacco at least once per month.

What the Data Tell Us

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Definition: The percent of AISD students who self-report using a particular substance with the given frequency

Data Source: : Data was collected by the Austin Independent School District

Data Considerations: This data is from Austin ISD's Student Substance Use Report which relies on students self-reporting of substance use. Students may not report using substances as frequently as use actually occurs.

The Story Behind the Indicator

While the rate of use for alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana have decreased, the decrease has been much slower for marijuana use. As students age from middle school to high school, a higher percentage begin to use alcohol and marijuana at the rates examined. Substance use occurs at different levels across neighborhoods, age, and type of substance.

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A Closer Look at the Story Behind the Indicators

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Middle Schools: Percentage of Students Self-reporting Alcohol Use

7% used at least once in 2015, down from 16% in 2008.

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Definition: Percentage of AISD middle school students self-reporting alcohol use

Data Source: Data was collected by the Austin Independent School District.

Data Considerations: This data is from Austin ISD's Student Substance Use Report which relies on students self-reporting of alcohol use. Students may not report using alcohol as frequently as use actually occurs. Data on alcohol use by campus does not necessarily reflect activity occurring on campus.

High Schools: Percentage of Students Self-reporting Alcohol Use

26% used at least once in 2015, down from 37% in 2008. 17% of AISD High School students self-reported using alcohol at least once a month.

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Definition: Percentage of AISD high school students self-reporting alcohol use

Data Source: Data was collected by the Austin Independent School District.

Data Considerations: This data is from Austin ISD's Student Substance Use Report which relies on students self-reporting of alcohol use. Students may not report using alcohol as frequently as use actually occurs. Data on alcohol use by campus does not necessarily reflect activity occurring on campus.

Middle Schools: Percentage of Students Self-reporting Marijuana Use

In 2015, Marijuana use remains low for middle schoolers, with 4% self-reporting use about once a month or more often.

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Definition: Percentage of AISD middle school students self-reporting marijuana use

Data Source: Data was collected by the Austin Independent School District.

Data Considerations: This data is from Austin ISD's Student Substance Use Report which relies on students self-reporting of marijuana use. Students may not report using marijuana as frequently as use actually occurs. Data on marijuana use by campus does not necessarily reflect activity occurring on campus.

High Schools: Percentage of Students Self-reporting Marijuana Use

Marijuana use has not decreased significantly among AISD high school students, with 7% self-reporting use several times a week or more in 2015.

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Definition: Percentage of AISD high school students self-reporting marijuana use

Data Source: Data was collected by the Austin Independent School District.

Data Considerations: This data is from Austin ISD's Student Substance Use Report which relies on students self-reporting of marijuana use. Students may not report using marijuana as frequently as use actually occurs. Data on marijuana use by campus does not necessarily reflect activity occurring on campus.

Middle Schools: Percentage of Students Self-reporting Tobacco Use

Tobacco use continues to decrease among AISD Middle School students, with 0% of students reporting use more frequently than about once a month in 2015.

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Definition: Percentage of AISD middle school students self-reporting tobacco use

Data Source: Data was collected by the Austin Independent School District.

Data Considerations: This data is from Austin ISD's Student Substance Use Report which relies on students self-reporting of tobacco use. Students may not report using tobacco as frequently as use actually occurs. Data on tobacco use by campus does not necessarily reflect activity occurring on campus.

High Schools: Percentage of Students Self-reporting Tobacco Use

9% used at least once this year, down from 20% in 2008.

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Definition: Percentage of AISD high school students self-reporting tobacco use

Data Source: Data was collected by the Austin Independent School District.

Data Considerations: This data is from Austin ISD's Student Substance Use Report which relies on students self-reporting of tobacco use. Students may not report using tobacco as freqently as use actually occurs. Data on tobacco use by campus does not necessarily reflect activity occurring on campus.

The following individuals/organizations contributed to the development of this indicator.

Austin Independent School District

Children’s Optimal Health

Community Advancement Network (CAN)