SERAC Youth Survey Regional Report, 2012 - 2013
Among the common substances of concern, alcohol appears to be the substance of choice among youth in Southeastern Connecticut (Table 3). Overall, 35% of youth report ever having used alcohol in their lifetime while 15% report having used alcohol in the past 30 days. Grade-specific recent use rates range from about 1% among 7th graders to 28 % among 12th graders and lifetime use rates range from 8% to 56%. Of the illicit drugs specifically mentioned in the survey, marijuana is the most commonly used substance (Table 3 and Table 4). Overall, 12% of youth report recent use of marijuana and 22% report lifetime use. Grade-specific recent use rates range from less than 1% among 7th graders to 19% among 12th graders. Lifetime use rates range from 2% among 7th graders to 37% among 12th graders. In general, regular use of illicit drugs, other than marijuana, does not appear to be a large problem among the region's youth (Table 4). Although recent (past 30 day) use rates do not suggest that youth use illicit drugs frequently, lifetime use rates do suggest that youth are experimenting with these substances, particularly cocaine, ecstasy, hallucinogens, salvia and synthetic marijuana.