Student Drug Usage
Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment
Student Drug Use
Arkansas County21%
Ashley County19%
Baxter County18%
Benton County21%
Boone County22%
Bradley County12%
Calhoun County30%
Carroll County22%
Chicot County15%
Clark County19%
Clay County19%
Cleburne County19%
Cleveland County14%
Columbia County17%
Conway County18%
Craighead County17%
Crawford County25%
Cross County24%
Desha County19%
Drew County19%
Faulkner County20%
Franklin County20%
Fulton County21%
Garland County21%
Grant County17%
Greene County17%
Hempstead County23%
Hot Spring County22%
Howard County16%
Independence County18%
Izard County27%
Jackson County16%
Jefferson County19%
Johnson County17%
Lawrence County14%
Lee County20%
Little River County20%
Logan County21%
Lonoke County17%
Madison County12%
Marion County25%
Miller County19%
Mississippi County16%
Monroe County27%
Montgomery County21%
Nevada County17%
Newton County16%
Ouachita County18%
Perry County20%
Phillips County19%
Pike County21%
Poinsett County19%
Polk County24%
Pope County20%
Prairie County18%
Pulaski County23%
Randolph County15%
Saline County21%
Scott County21%
Searcy County21%
Sebastian County22%
Sevier County20%
Sharp County19%
St. Francis County22%
Stone County17%
Union County28%
Van Buren County21%
Washington County18%
White County21%
Woodruff County19%
Yell County15%

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment





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 2016, 20% of youth reported ever having used a drug, including tobacco or alcohol, down 7 percentage points from 2011. Use was a bit higher for females (21%) than for males (18%). National data and subgroup data (racial and ethnic groups) were not available for this indicator.

Among Arkansas counties, the share of youth reporting having ever used a drug ranged from 12% in Bradley and Madison counties to 30% in Calhoun County.

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

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment

Student Drug Use by Gender

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment

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