Study Shows Large Percentage of Washington Teens Avoid Alcohol and Drugs

The results of the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey was released this week and Michael Langer, with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services said, “Most young people, most teenagers and folks in grade 6, 8, 10 and 12 do not use drugs. Most young people in the state of Washington are making healthy choices.” Langer said these results mostly mirror what they saw in 2014’s survey but do show a rapid decline in the past decade. It’s not all positive though with Langer noting, “If there’s an area to be concerned with that remains here, it’s the number of youngsters, particularly in 12th grade, who have said they do or have used marijuana in the past month and that are also choosing to ride with or drive.” About 20 percent of 10th graders have used alcohol, and 17 percent have used marijuana. Langer says Washington 10th graders use alcohol at about the same rate as the national average while use is a little higher for marijuana than the national average.

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