Arizona High Schoolers Beat the National Average (in Cocaine, Meth, and Steroid Use)

According to the federal government, Arizona's high school kids are above average -- in drug and alcohol use.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report yesterday on "risk behavior" in high school students, and there's not a single category related to drugs or alcohol that Arizona kiddos are doing at a rate less than the national average.

In fact, in eight of the 20 categories, the Arizona kids come out on top.

Arizona high school kids are "more likely" than the rest of the nation to drink alcohol in the last 30 days, have five alcoholic drinks in a row within a couple hours, smoke weed before the age of 13, ever use cocaine, use cocaine in the last 30 days, use meth once or more, take steroids, or be offered or given illegal drugs on school property.

In the rest of the drug and alcohol categories, Arizona kids are just on par with the rest of the nation.

One of the biggest differences between Arizonans and the rest of the nation was in the cocaine-usin' category. According to these stats, 10.5 percent of Arizona high schoolers have used cocaine "one or more times," with the national average being 6.8 percent. Florida's not even above 10 percent in cocaine use.

As with the national rate this year, Arizona youngsters are more likely to have smoked marijuana recently than cigarettes.

As for other outstanding numbers, Arizona high schoolers are nearly twice as likely as the rest of the country to rarely or never wear a seat belt.

The percentage of kids who considered suicide, made a plan to commit suicide, and attempted suicide were each higher than the national average.

You can check out all the charts and graphs about what your kids are telling the government by clicking here.

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Matthew Hendley
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