Why Is This Important?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]]
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., 1991-2017
- 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 NotesHigh 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?
How Are We Doing?The most commonly-abused substance among Utah high school students during the Spring of 2017 was alcohol (10.7%), followed by marijuana (7.9%).
In 2017, Southeast (15.3%) and Salt Lake County (12.0%) Local Health Districts (LHDs) had significantly higher rates of current alcohol use than the state while Bear River (5.6%) and Utah County (5.3%) LHDs had lower rates.
Also in 2017, Salt Lake County (12.3%) LHD had a significantly higher rate of current marijuana use than the state while Utah County (5.5%), Davis County (5.2%), Central Utah (5.1%), and Bear River (3.7%) LHDs had lower rates.
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]]
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.
Healthy People Objective: Reduce past-month use of illicit substancesU.S. Target: Not applicable, see subobjectives in this category
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 11/15/2017
- Alcohol, Utah and U.S., 1991-2017
- Alcohol, Grades 8, 10, and 12 by Local Health District, Utah, 2017
- Marijuana, Utah and U.S., 1991-2017
- Marijuana, Grades 8, 10 and 12 by Local Health District, Utah, 2017
- Binge Drinking During the Past 30 Days by State, 2013