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McCreary Centre Society www.mcs.bc.ca.  Overall alcohol and marijuana use steadily declined from 1998 among Grade 7 to 12’s  Youth who did try alcohol.

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2  Overall alcohol and marijuana use steadily declined from 1998 among Grade 7 to 12’s  Youth who did try alcohol waited longer to do so than their peers in 2003  The most common age for trying alcohol was  Alcohol and marijuana use was linked other negative behaviours

3  Over surveys were collected from year old students between February and June 2008  50 of the 59 school districts participated in 2008  Additional reports on substance use from the AHS 2008 data:  Adolescent substance use and related harms  Drug use among year old BC students

4 Age of first substance use (among year old students) Age first usedAlcoholMarijuana 15 or older29%21% 13 or 14 years old31%19% 11 or 12 years old9%5% 9 or 10 years old3%1% Less than 9 years old3%1% Have not used25%54%

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11  Marijuana is good for you.” 17 year old male  “Pot should be legal.” 15 year old female  Studies show that people drive more carefully when high on weed. You are ignorant if you think anything otherwise.” 15 year old male  “A doobie a day keeps the doctor away” 18 year old male

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13 Use of other substances by age first drank alcohol (among year old students) 12 or younger13 or 1415 or older Prescription pills38%20%12% Cocaine22%8%1% Hallucinogens (excluding ecstasy)25%11%3% Ecstasy32%17%4% Mushrooms36%17%5% Inhalants13%5%2% Amphetamines (excluding crystal meth)11%3%1% Crystal meth8%1%<1% Heroin7%1%<1% Injected a drug5%1%<1% Steroids6%1%<1%

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16 Fight Involvement in past year (among year old students) Age first drank alcoholAge first used marijuana 12 or younger 13 or or older 12 or younger 13 or or older Males51%40%26%66%48%36% Females31%15%9%38%24%14%

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18 Consequences of substance use in the past year (among year old students) Age first drank alcohol 12 or younger13 or 1415 or older Did something I couldn't remember49%48%28% Passed out45%36% 18% Argued with family members25%18%8% Damaged property22%12%4% Got injured21%13%5% School work changed20%12%6% Got in trouble with police19%10%3% Got in a physical fight19%9%3% Lost friends or broke up13%8%4% Had sex when I didn't want to12%8%2% Overdosed5%1% Got into a car accident5%1%< 1% Got treatment for substance use3%1%< 1%

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21  “Talking about drugs I’ve tried them but I don’t use them anymore…” 18 year old female  “While I did not use drugs in the past 12 months, I was using them frequently and heavily to the point of needing help about 15 months ago…” 17 year old, female

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23  “I don’t use drugs, smoke, drink or have a weapon” 12 year old male  “Not all teens do drugs, lots of us think it’s the stupidest thing in the world. I’m one of them, I don’t do drugs, I am too scared from what they have done to people I know and love.” 14 year old female

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26 Protective factors by age first drank alcohol (among year old students) Age first drank alcohol 12 or younger13 or 1415 or older Family connectedness School connectedness Cultural connectedness Meaningful activities Input into activities Healthy peer attitudes about risk behaviour Note: Scores range from 0 to 10, with higher scores indicating higher levels of the protective factor Note: For cultural connectedness the difference between 12 or younger and 13 or 14 was not statistically significant. For input into activities, the difference between 13 or 14 and 15 or older was not statistically significant.

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29  “. I only drink with my parents permission, usually in their company or in the company of another adult I trust AND only at family dinners or special occasions..” 16 year old, female  “. My parents let me try alcohol to let me experience it so I can respect it. they will only let me drink when I am at home with them and don’t have friends over.” 15 year old male

30  The use of alcohol and marijuana among BC youth declined substantially over the past decade.  Youth who had tried alcohol or marijuana waited longer to do so than in  Male and female students were equally likely to have tried alcohol or marijuana, but males were more likely to have tried these substances before they were 13 years old.

31  The older youth were when they started using alcohol or marijuana, the less likely they were to be current users or to engage in risky use.  Youth who first used alcohol or marijuana at age 12 or younger were more likely to engage in a range of other health risk behaviours.  Risk factors for early use of alcohol or marijuana included a history of physical or sexual abuse, a limiting physical or mental health condition or disability and a family history of suicide attempts.

32  Youth with higher levels of protective factors were more likely to wait until they were 15 years old to try alcohol and marijuana.  BC youth may be using marijuana to manage physical symptoms.  Youth who had never tried alcohol or marjuana were less likely than those who had tried them to report risk behaviours.

33  Delaying the use of alcohol and marijuana by even a couple of years improved health outcomes for youth.  Although earlier users of alcohol and marijuana were more likely to ask a variety of professionals for help, they were less likely to find these professionals helpful.  Even among early users, avoiding use of alcohol or marijuana recently had benefits.

34  Target children at greater risk for early use  Don’t give up on older youth  Currently missing opportunities  One approach does not fit all  Building protective factors

35 A Picture of Health

36  Provincial and regional reports and power points of the full AHS results  Additional in-depth topic reports  Fact sheets on key topics  ‘Next Steps’ workshops for youth and other youth resources

37 McCreary Centre Society 3552 East Hastings Street Vancouver V5K 2A


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