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  Chippewa Valley Schools Drug Survey and Focus Group Results  
  A Report To Middle and High School Parents  
  During February 2010, the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) Survey, an anonymous Michigan Department of Education survey, was given, with parent permission, to district 7th, 9th, and 11th graders and Focus Groups were conducted with about 90 district high school students. This was done to gain information about the extent of student use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs; to promote the awareness of parents, community, and school staff about the dangers of teen use; and to create programs to address youth use. For more information on the MiPHY Survey or Focus Group results, please call (586)723-2360.  
  GENERAL TRENDS - What We Learned!  
 
  Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drug Use Negatively Affects School Performance. Students who use are far more likely to report they get low or failing grades in school.
  Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drug Use Negatively Affects Behavior.
Students who use are far more likely to report conflicts in and out of school.
  Students Generally Report that Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drugs are Easy to Get.
  Alcohol and Marijuana are the Most Abused Drugs and Abuse of Prescription Drugs is on the Rise.
 
(The rates of use noted below are similar to students in school districts throughout the state.)
On the 2010 MiPHY Survey of Chippewa Valley School Students:
39% (nearly 4 out of 10) of our 11th graders reported that they drank in the past 30 days.
 
Good news! 5% less students reported past 30 day drinking than in the survey 2 years ago.
 
39% (nearly 4 out of 10) 11th grade students admitted using marijuana at some point in their lifetime.
 
11% (1 out of 10) of our 11th graders said they abused prescription painkillers in the past 30 days.
 
Many Students Do Not Understand the Health Risks, including Negative Effects on the Developing Teen Brain, and the Legal and Life (Effects on College Entrance and Future Careers) Consequences of Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drug Use.
 
Since the legalization of Medical Marijuana in the state, more students report the misperception that marijuana use is “safe”.

Parents are the KEY to Preventing Youth Use of Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs.
 
Students report that they are MUCH less likely to drink or use other drugs if their parents are actively involved in their lives; talk with them about the dangers of teen alcohol, marijuana and other drug use and provide clear consequences for use; and call to be sure that gatherings are supervised and alcohol free.

Educate yourself on the dangers of use of Alcohol and Other Drugs by visiting
www.TheAntiDrug.com
Then, talk with your Teen! Can There Be a More Important Conversation?
Information provided by the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families
 
 
 
 
 
 
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