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Current Substance Use Among Teens: Notes & Sources

Source: Healthy Youth Survey. Unless otherwise noted, data are from 2014-2016.

Every 2 years, Washington public school students in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades students answer questions about safety and violence, physical activity and diet, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and related risk and protective factors. To learn more about the survey, please go to

Numerator: Students who responded with anything more than “0 days” to any component of the question "In the past 30 days, on how many days did you: Drink a glass, can, or bottle of alcohol (beer, wine, wine coolers, hard liquor)? Use marijuana or hashish (weed, has, pot)? Not counting alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana, use another illegal drug? Use a pain killer TO GET HIGH, like Vicodin, OxyContin (sometimes called Oxy or OC) or Percocet (sometimes called Percs)?”

Denominator: All students who answered the question.