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Health Indicator Report of Substance Abuse - Adolescents

According to the U.S. Public Health Service, "Health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of illness, death, and social problems among youth and adults often are established during youth, extend into adulthood, and are interrelated."^1^[[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ''Healthy People 2010.'' 2nd ed. With Understanding and Improving Health and Objectives for Improving Health. 2 vols. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, November 2000. P. 26-20.

Percentage of Students Who Used an Illegal Substance on One or More of the Past 30 Days: Alcohol, Utah and U.S., 1991-2013

Notes

High school students only. Alcohol use was defined as at least one drink of alcohol. Question text: During the past 30 days, on how many days did you have at least one drink of alcohol?

Data Sources

  • Utah Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Utah Department of Health
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Data Interpretation Issues

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a nationally standardized survey. The Prevention Needs Assessment Survey is a state sponsored survey. Both of these surveys are administered by the School Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) project and are conducted at the state level every odd-numbered year. Students complete a paper-and-pencil questionnaire during a class period. Students responses are anonymous. The standard and national YRBS questionnaires are available at [http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/yrbs/questionnaire_rationale.htm]. Information about the Prevention Needs Assessment survey can be found at [http://dsamh.utah.gov/data/sharp-student-use-reports/].

Definition

Students who reported using alcohol or marijuana during the past 30 days. Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) are from students in grades 9-12. Data from the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey (PNA) are from students in grades 8, 10, and 12.

Numerator

Number of students who reported using alcohol or marijuana during the past 30 days.

Denominator

All public school students in grades 9-12 (YRBS) or grades 8, 10, and 12 (PNA).

Healthy People Objective SA-13:

Reduce past-month use of illicit substances
U.S. Target: Not applicable, see subobjectives in this category

Other Objectives

Utah's 42 Community Health Indicators[[br]] [[br]] ====Healthy People Objective SA-13 subobjectives:==== *{{style color:#003366 SA-13.1:}} Reduce the proportion of adolescents reporting use of alcohol or any illicit drugs during the past 30 days[[br]] '''U.S. Target:''' 16.6 percent *{{style color:#003366 SA-13.2:}} Reduce the proportion of adolescents reporting use of marijuana during the past 30 days[[br]] '''U.S. Target:''' 6.0 percent[[br]] [[br]] ====Healthy People Objective SA-14.4:==== Reduce the proportion of persons engaging in binge drinking during the past month--adolescents aged 12 to 17 years[[br]] '''U.S. Target:''' 8.6 percent

How Are We Doing?

The most commonly-abused substance among Utah high school students during the Spring of 2013 was alcohol (11.0%), followed by marijuana (7.6%). In 2015, Summit County, TriCounty, Southeast and Salt Lake County Local Health Districts (LHDs) had significantly higher rates of current alcohol use than the state while San Juan, Davis County, Utah County, and Bear River LHDs had lower rates. Also in 2015, Weber-Morgan and Salt Lake County LHDs had significantly higher rates of current marijuana use than the state while Utah County, Davis County, Central Utah, and Bear River LHDs had lower rates.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Utah's reported use among high school students for alcohol and marijuana was lower than the U.S rates in 2013. Utah had the lowest reported rate of high school binge drinking among all 35 reporting states in 2013.

What Is Being Done?

According to the U.S. Public Health Service, "Adopting a multicomponent approach to youth substance abuse prevention may increase the long-term effectiveness of prevention efforts. This approach includes focusing on mobilizing and leveraging resources, raising public awareness, and countering pro-use messages. Several strategies may be effective, such as increasing the involvement of parents and parent groups at the local level, increasing the number of adult volunteers involved in drug prevention at the local level, changing normative attitudes among youth from 'everyone's using drugs' to 'everyone has better things to do than drugs,' and increasing the proportion of youth participating in positive skill-building activities."^1^[[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ''Healthy People 2010.'' 2nd ed. With Understanding and Improving Health and Objectives for Improving Health. 2 vols. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, November 2000. P. 26-29.

Available Services

'''NATIONAL:'''[[br]] The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Drug and Treatment Referral Routing Service provides a toll-free telephone number for alcohol and drug information/treatment referral assistance. The number is: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). '''UTAH:'''[[br]] Edward G. Callister Foundation, Referral and Information Services: (801) 587-HOPE (4673) or toll free (866) 633-HOPE. The service is designed to provide referral and educational resources with respect to substance abuse. Mental health and substance abuse services in Utah are also provided through Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse programs and the State Hospital. The mission of the Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health (DMH) is to assure that individuals with mental illness receive the treatment and services they need. DHM is only one partner in the Utah Public Mental Health System and oversees the local community mental health centers and the Utah State Hospital in Provo. For information about the Utah Public Mental Health System, call toll free: 877-585-1770. Utah Division of Mental Health[[br]] 120 North 200 West #415[[br]] Salt Lake City, Utah[[br]] Telephone: 801-538-9892

Health Program Information

The Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse (DSA) is charged with providing drug and alcohol abuse prevention activities in Utah. Information on the DSA may be found on their website: [http://www.dsamh.utah.gov/]. The DSA administrative office may be reached at (801) 538-3939.
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