Alcohol and Marijuana: Leading Drugs of Abuse Among Dayton Teens

Wright State University released the result of its 2012 Dayton Area Drug Survey (DADS) which shows that alcohol and marijuana are the top two widely abused drugs among Dayton teens.

dayton, ohio teensThe survey, conducted every two years, had been participated by 15,734 students from 7th to 12th grade in sixteen Miami Valley area school districts. According to the results, alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among the respondents, followed by marijuana.

Of the more than 3,000 surveyed students, 67 percent said they drank alcohol at least once. However, the survey also demonstrated a decline in alcohol consumption by 12th graders from 55 percent in 2010 to 50 percent in 2012.

Marijuana ranks second as the most widely used drug by high school-aged students, surpassing tobacco cigarettes. The percentage of 12th graders who reported daily use of marijuana, defined as having used a drug 20 or more times in the 30 days before the survey, increased from 6.3 percent in 2010 to 6.9 percent in 2012. The percentage of 12th graders admitted used of marijuana at least once in their lifetime was virtually unchanged from two years ago (44.1%) to the present time (43.9%).

Tobacco cigarettes came third as the most widely used drug, though lifetime prevalence in 12th graders significantly dropped from 41.6% in 2010 to 37.1% in 2012.

The survey also reveals that among 12th graders, there has been a noticeable decrease in the lifetime prevalence of use of smokeless tobacco, non-prescribed prescription opioids and tranquilizers, heroin, Ritalin, over-the-counter stay awake/weight loss agents, inhalants and nitrous oxide, cocaine HCl and dextromethorphan (DXM).

The DADS is a collaborative effort between the Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and area school districts. First administered in the 1990s, DADS is a biennial, cross-sectional study that provides estimates of non-medical drug use by school-aged teenagers in the Dayton, Ohio, area.

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