MOUNT VERNON — An informational media event to share results gathered from a recent PRIDE survey took place Wednesday morning at the Knox County Health Department conference room. Conducted by the Mental Health and Recovery For Licking and Knox Counties, with support from the United Way of Knox County, the survey assess alcohol, tobacco and other drug use as well as other factors related to the health and well-being of adolescents.
Sharing results compiled from the 2013 survey in Knox County was Janet Chandler, program evaluator with the Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties. A report of “good news” from Chandler was a statistic showing that 65 percent of the students polled said they have never used alcohol, tobacco or drugs. Alcohol was reported as being the most widely used substance, followed by tobacco second and marijuana third. Use of these substances increased dramatically from each grade group to the next, with the biggest jump being the use of alcohol from the 10th grade to the 12th grade.
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