Parents, Kids & Drugs in the Santa Ynez Valley

“Not my child.”  “Not here, the Valley is a safe haven.”  This is what many parents tell themselves when they hear about underage use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs including the misuse of prescription drugs.  Parents need to learn the facts if they want to protect their children from early experimentation with alcohol and other drugs.

The statistics below are taken from the 2014 California Healthy Kids Survey, administered to local high school students in 9th and 11th grade.  You can take a closer look at a full report of all our Valley school results at West Ed.

Although we have seen a decrease in binge drinking, drunk driving, and marijuana use this past 2 years, tobacco use and the use of the E-Cigarette has greatly increased.

  • 19% of 11th grade students report binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a row)
  • 23% of 11th graders report that they are drinking and driving or riding with someone who is under the influence.
  • 17% of 11th graders report smoking marijuana within the past 30 days.
  •  20% of 11th graders and 11% of 9th graders report using tobacco/e-cigs within the past 30 days.


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