ACYI is grounded in the belief that data about the well-being of youth, families and neighborhoods should be the foundation of all planning. In order to build a better tomorrow, community leaders and citizens must be ready to share and facilitate access to the information they have about our community, understand how to effectively translate data into action, and be prepared to partner in creating solutions.
To ACYI, being data-driven includes not only analyzing population trends – like poverty rates, crime rates and dropout numbers – but also being willing to rigorously evaluate the success of any programs that ACYI funds and implements to impact these population trends.
Large Decreases in Adams County Student Substance Use for 2012
Although surveys between 2008-2010 revealed a steady increase in Adams County students' reported use of alcohol and marijuana, this year's survey showed the promising trend that substance use among our youth is on the decline (see graphs for trends by year).
Among high school students:
· 32.4% reported drinking alcohol (an almost 9% decrease from 2011)
· 23.6% reported using marijuana (a 4.2 % decrease from 2011, and a 6.3% decrease since 2010)
Among middle school students:
· 10% reported drinking alcohol (a 5.4% decrease from last year)
- 6.9% reported using marijuana (a 1.7 % decrease from last year)
Adolescent substance use can have a profound impact on teenagers’ academic achievement, high school graduation, and success later in life. Numerous studies have found that use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana is highly correlated with dropping out of high school 1,2,3. Substance abuse has also been conclusively associated with poor school performance, lower grade-point average, negative attitudes toward school and increased rates of school absenteeism. In addition to affecting a student’s academic performance and likelihood of graduation, substance use has been found to predict school truancy, delinquent behavior, juvenile incarceration, leaving the parental home early, and early parenthood4. Finally, the negative consequences of adolescent substance use often extend into adulthood. For example, marijuana use during high school has been linked to lower income, greater welfare dependence, higher unemployment, and lower relationship and life satisfaction5.
For more results from the 2012 – 2013 Adams County Student Survey please visit: www.acyi.org.
1 Breslau, et al., 2011
2Bryant, et al., 2003
3 Fergusson, et al., 2003
4 Lynskey & Hall, 2000
5 Fergusson & Boden, 2007