Think a lot of teens are drinking, smoking pot, or using other drugs?
Teens in Chelsea are making great choices. How do we know? Chelsea 9th and 11th graders reported their substance use in the past 30 days as part of the 2018 Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth survey, and their answers busted the myth that "everyone is doing it."
In fact, in our community, it's just the opposite.
83% of Chelsea High School Students Don't Consume Alcohol Regularly
Underage drinking isn't harmless. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says that alcohol is a factor in more than 4,000 teen deaths every year. Underage drinking is also dangerous because it can lead to injury, impaired judgement, and risk for alcohol dependence later in life. Teens and drinking don't mix, and more and more, our youth are choosing to avoid it.
86% of Chelsea High School Students Don't Use Marijuana Regularly
Teens - and even some adults - may think "a little pot" is no big deal. According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, using pot - even just once in a while - can lead to risky behavior and unsafe choices. Marijuana isn't good for a teen's brain or body. And with 86 percent of Chelsea teens saying "no thanks" to weed, we're taking tremendous steps in the right direction.
95% of Chelsea High School Students Don't Abuse Prescription Drugs
Prescription drugs can be just as harmful as street drugs. Misuse and overdose of certain prescriptions can lead to serious health problems and death. Kids' brains and bodies aren't fully developed and may be even more susceptible to the dangers of prescription drugs. Now, more than ever, youth in Chelsea have the confidence to steer clear of prescription drug abuse and misuse.
98% of Chelsea High School Students Don't Use Tobacco
Teens these days know the dangers of cigarettes and tobacco. They're staying far away from smoking, which can lead to lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, smoking cigarettes also increases the risk of heart disease, which can lead to stroke or heart attack. Good thing 98% of high schoolers aren't using tobacco.
The Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth Survey (MiPHY) is conducted by the Michigan Department of Education. The survey is given electronically every two years to students in grades 7, 9, and 11. Students do not give their names and all of their answers are anonymous. The MiPHY survey was most recently conducted in the Chelsea School District in the spring of 2018. The results shown here reflect substance use by 9th and 11th graders in the past 30 days, which is the scientific standard for measuring regular substance use.
The MiPHY data makes one thing clear: youth substance use in Chelsea is declining. Since 2007, the number of Chelsea students consuming alcohol within the past 30 days has dropped by 42 percent and prescription drug abuse has decreased by 57 percent.
Learn more MiPHY and data trends over the past decade by clicking through our PowerPoint presentation below: