Youth Violence facts

http:www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/yrbs/pdf/us_overview_yrbs.pdf

Behaviors that Contribute to Unintentional Injury and Violence

  • 31.5% of students had been in a physical fight one or more times during the 12 months before the survey.
  • 19.9% of students had been bullied on school property during the 12 months before the survey.
  • 5.0% of students did not go to school because they felt they would be unsafe at school or on their way to or from school on at least 1day during the 30 days before the survey.
  • 13.8% of students had seriously considered attempting suicide and 6.3% of students had attempted suicide one or more times during the 12 months before the survey.

Alcohol and Other Drug Use

  • 72.5% of students had at least one drink of alcohol on at least 1 day during their life and 41.8% of students had at least one drink of alcohol on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey.
  • 4.5% of students had drunk at least one drink of alcohol on school property on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey.
  • 24.2% of students had five or more drinks of alcohol in a row (i.e., within a couple of hours) on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey.
  • 36.8% of students had used marijuana one or more times during their life.
  • 20.8% of students had used marijuana one or more times during the 30 days before the survey.
  • 2.8% of students had used any form of cocaine (e.g., powder, crack, or freebase) one or more times during the 30 days before the survey.
  • 11.7% of students had ever sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled any paints or sprays to get high one or more times during their life.
  • 4.1% of students had used methamphetamines (also called "speed", "crystal", "crank", or "ice") one or more times during their life.
  • 3.3% of students had taken steroid pills or shots without a doctor's prescription one or more times during their life.
Methods: The sampling frame for the 2009 national YRBS consisted of all public and private schools with students in at least one of grades 9–12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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