Saturday, January 09, 2010

Study Cites Prevalent Risky Behaviors Among Alaskan Teens

A new study of risky behavior among Alaskan teenagers was released this week. In it, surveyors found high instances of both drug and alcohol abuse.

“In spring 2009, the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services surveyed 1,373 students from 43 high schools that were scientifically selected to represent all public high schools in Alaska, Patricia Owen, state coordinator for the survey,” said in a report by Alaska’s KTVA Channel 11.

The survey found that 45 percent of students believe regular marijuana use is not harmful, KTVA reported. More than 20 percent of students said theyd taken prescription drugs that were prescribed to someone else.