Health survey reveals alarming statistics on Lucas Co. youth

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A recent health survey is shedding light on shocking statistics about Lucas County youth. The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio conducted the survey that includes information about everything from youth body weight to mental health.

What is catching many eyes are statistics regarding drug and alcohol use in Lucas County.

Some of the statistics:

  • 19 percent of 12 to 17-year-olds said they have used marijuana in the last month. That increases to 31 percent for ages 17 and older.
  • 11 percent of 12 to 17-year-olds said they have used medication not prescribed to them to get high. That increases to 17 percent for ages 17 and older.
  • One out of every three 12 to 13-year-olds said they have binge drank in the last month.
  • 58 percent of 14 to 16-year-olds said they have binge drank in the last month. The number stayed about the same for youth older than 17.

"Fewer kids are drinking, but when they do they're drinking a lot. That's where we get the binge drinking. So we really have to figure out a way to really impact that. Telling them that it's unhealthy, that it's illegal, that just doesn't make it, so we really have to think of something else," said Deb Chany of the Sylvania Community Action Team.

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