Study measures drug use among Vail Valley teens |

Study measures drug use among Vail Valley teens

Lauren Glendenning
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” The Eagle River Youth Coalition is releasing its Healthy Kids Survey today, which shows that Eagle County high school students’ use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco is higher than many state and national averages.

Cristina Gair, executive director of the Eagle River Youth Coalition, presented the findings to the Eagle County School Board and the Eagle County commissioners Tuesday night, telling them that it’s important for everyone to work together to close the achievement gap ” a gap in behavior, academic and dropout rates between Hispanic students and white students.

The survey was conducted last fall. Local school and government officials and nonprofits are working together through the Eagle County Youth Collaborative Agreement to find ways to help local teens who need it most.

The Eagle River Youth Coalition identified the priority issues from the survey as substance use and abuse, depression and suicide and the achievement gap in school.

A few statistics from the Colorado Healthy Kids Survey:

– Four out of five students say they have a chance to talk to a teacher one-on-one.

– The percentage of Eagle County students who have tried drugs other than marijuana is higher than national rates.

– About 31 percent of Eagle County students had consumed five or more alcoholic drinks at one time in the past month ” higher than the 26 percent national average.

– The students with the most positive parental influences at home also reported not doing drugs, drinking alcohol or smoking.

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