Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nearly 25,000 Maryland H.S. Students Have Used Opiates, Including Heroin

Below is the link to the data analysis for the Youth Risk Behaviorial Survey administered to a sampling of middle and high school students in spring 2013.  

Here is some data that may or may not surprise you:

22, 673 Maryland students, 15 or younger, used heroin one or more times during their life.  24, 968 Maryland students, 16 or 17, have used heroin. 

22,808 Maryland students, 15 or younger, have taken a prescription drug (such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) without a doctor's prescription one or more times during their life.  25, 142 Maryland students, 16 or 17, have as well. 

22,755 Maryland students, 15 or younger, took a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription one or more times during the past 30 days.  25,112 Maryland students, 16 or 17 have as well. 

22,442 Maryland students, 15 or younger, have used a needle to inject an illegal drug into their body one or more times during their life.  24,809 students, 16 or 17, have also done so. 

22,458 Maryland students, 15 or younger, were offered, sold, or given an illegal drug by someone on school property during the past 12 months.  24, 814 Maryland students, 16 or 17, had the same experience. 

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