Lifetime Use of Alcohol by in Florida by Teens
Among students surveyed* in grades 6 – 12 in 2009, 53.9% have used alcohol on at least one occasion in their lifetimes. Lifetime prevalence rates for alcohol use range from a low of 23.7% for 6th graders to a high of 73.1% for 12th graders. This corresponds to an overall rate of 37.4% for middle school students and 66.8% for high school students.
Teen Binge Drinking in Florida
Findings on binge drinking (defined as consuming five or more drinks in a row within the past two weeks) are likely to be among the most important findings related to alcohol use (Johnston et al., 2009). 15.6% of Florida students reported binge drinking. The prevalence rate for binge drinking ranges from a low of 4.0% for 6th graders to a high of 29.5% for 12th graders, with averages of 7.6% for middle school students and 21.8% for high school students.
Use of Marijuana or Hashish by Teens in Florida
Results from the Monitoring the Future study show dramatic increases in both lifetime and past- 30-day prevalence rates through the early and mid 1990s (Johnston et al., 2009). For 8th and 10th graders the past-30-day rates more than doubled during this period. Since 1996 and 1997, when marijuana use peaked, rates have declined. In 2008 these national survey results show past-30-day rates of 5.8% among 8th graders, 13.8% among 10th graders and 19.4% among 12th graders.
Lifetime Use of Marijuana in Florida by Teens
Surveyed students*, 22.5% have used marijuana or hashish on at least one occasion in their lifetimes. Lifetime prevalence rates range from a low of 3.9% for 6th graders to a high of 37.5% for 12th graders. This corresponds to an overall rate of 10.5% for middle school students and 31.8% for high school students.
Inhalants Use by Teens in Florida
After alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, the most commonly used drug among Florida students are inhalants commonly used drug among Florida students is inhalants. Inhalant use is measured by the survey question, “On how many occasions (if any) have you used inhalants (whippets, butane, paint thinner, or glue to sniff, etc.)?” Inhalant use is more prevalent with younger students, perhaps because it is often the easiest drug for them to obtain. The negative consequences of inhalant use can be substantial; one of them being that it is associated with the use of other illicit drugs later in life. According to national results from the Monitoring the Future study (Johnston et al., 2009), the prevalence rate of past-30-day inhalant use in 2008 was 4.1% among 8th graders, 2.1% among 10th graders and 1.4% among 12th graders.
Lifetime Use of Inhalants in Florida by Teens
Surveyed students*, 11.0% have used inhalants on at least one occasion in their lifetimes. Grade-level results indicate, however, that inhalant use does not follow the typical pattern of increasing with age and grade level. Lifetime inhalant use peaks among 8th graders at 14.2%, before reaching a low among 12th graders of 7.8%. This corresponds to a rate of 12.8% for middle school students and 9.7% for high school students.
Use of Cocaine and Crack Cocaine by Teens in Florida
Lifetime Use of Cocaine and Crack Cocaine in Florida High School Students
In 2009, 4.8% and 1.5% of Florida high school students reported use of cocaine and crack cocaine, respectively, in their lifetimes.
Nevertheless, the overall pattern shows reductions in use between 2000 and 2009 Information contained above is courtesy of Florida Dept. of Children and Families.
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Information provided in this page is information administered in the spring of 2009, by four state agencies—the Departments of Children and Families, Health, Education, and Juvenile Justice—under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control, collaborated to administer the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (high school only), the Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (middle school only) and the FYSAS (Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey).
Survey in Florida back in 2009*
The FYSAS, the focus of this report, was administered to 11,166 students in grades 6 through 12 in the spring of 2009. Across Florida, 99 middle schools and 80 high schools supported the FYSAS by providing access to their students. The results of this survey effort supply a valuable source of information to help reduce and prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by school-aged youth.