Health
Student Drug Usage
Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment
Student Drug Use
2020
Arkansas County13%
Ashley County10%
Baxter County16%
Benton County15%
Boone County14%
Bradley County12%
Carroll County19%
Clark County12%
Clay County12%
Cleburne County22%
Conway County19%
Craighead County16%
Cross County17%
Drew County8%
Faulkner County18%
Franklin County13%
Fulton County16%
Garland County18%
Grant County14%
Greene County17%
Hempstead County15%
Hot Spring County20%
Howard County13%
Independence County19%
Izard County14%
Jackson County8%
Jefferson County24%
Johnson County15%
Lawrence County15%
Little River County17%
Lonoke County13%
Madison County16%
Marion County15%
Miller County14%
Mississippi County15%
Montgomery County18%
Nevada County9%
Ouachita County17%
Poinsett County16%
Polk County15%
Pope County20%
Pulaski County16%
Randolph County14%
Saline County15%
Scott County18%
Sebastian County16%
Sharp County11%
St. Francis County10%
Stone County9%
Union County18%
Van Buren County15%
Washington County15%
White County16%

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment







STATE TREND

Decreasing


19%

2020

What does this measure?

The percentage of students reporting on a survey that they have ever used any drug, including alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other illegal drugs.

Why is this important?

Adolescence can be a period of vulnerability to substance abuse disorders, and many factors influence whether an adolescent explores drug use. Drug use can be part of a pattern of risky behaviors that puts a youth at risk for short and longer term health impacts.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2020, 19% of youth reported ever having used a drug, including tobacco or alcohol, down 8 percentage points from 2011. Use was a bit higher for females (18%) than for males (14%). National data and subgroup data (racial and ethnic groups) were not available for this indicator.

Among Arkansas counties, the share of youth reporting in 2020 having ever used a drug ranged from 8% in Lee County to 24% in Jefferson County. (Data was not available for 22 counties).

Notes about the data

Data is from the Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment, conducted by the state Division of Behavioral Health Services. The survey has been conducted annually since 2002 and is administered to Arkansas youth in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12.




Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment


Student Drug Use
2011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Arkansas27%23%21%21%20%20%20%19%19%19%

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment






Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment


Student Drug Use by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas18%14%

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Not Applicable
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Not Applicable
Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Graduation Rate Not Applicable
Remediation Rate Not Applicable
Adults with a High School Degree Not Applicable
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Not Applicable
Adults Pursuing Further Education Not Applicable
Infant Mortality Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care Not Applicable
Overweight or Obese Students Not Applicable
Student Drug Usage Not Applicable
Overweight or Obese Adults Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Smoking Rate Not Applicable
Flouridated Water Not Applicable
Insurance Coverage Rates Not Applicable
Oral Health Not Applicable
Life Expectancy Not Applicable
Routine Check-ups Not Applicable
Births to Teens Not Applicable
Female-headed Households Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Not Applicable
Elderly Living in Poverty Not Applicable
Median Household Income Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Not Applicable
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate Not Applicable
Homelessness Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Not Applicable
Housing Affordability - Owning Not Applicable
Housing Affordability - Renting Not Applicable
Households Below ALICE Threshold Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Not Applicable
Charitable Giving Not Applicable
Volunteering Not Applicable
Group Participation Not Applicable
Connection to Neighbors Not Applicable
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable
Adults with a High School Degree Not Applicable
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Not Applicable
Female-headed Households Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Not Applicable
Elderly Living in Poverty Not Applicable
Median Household Income Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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