New Hampshire’s Stats

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The statistics found on these pages come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS).  The NSDUH  is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for those aged 12 years old or older.   NSDUH is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The YRBS is used to collect data at high schools across the state to assess trends in health risk behaviors among high school aged youth.  The data is then used to evaluate the impact of broad school and community interventions at national, state, and local levels.  This survey was developed by the Centers for Disease Control in 1991.

Alcohol Use Among 12-20 year olds

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Fast Facts:

  • 29.9% of NH 12-20 year olds report drinking alcohol in the past 30 days by comparison, nationally the number is closer to 33% for 12-18 year olds
  • The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that the Northeast is ranked highest in Alcohol abuse with 57.8% of teens 12 or older
  • 13.6% of NH 18-20 year olds have admitted driving with someone under the influence of alcohol which is higher than the national average of 11.4%

Age of Initial Use:

When Asked: How old were you when you had your first drink of alcohol other than a few sips? NH high school students responded:

  • 10.7% responded 12 or younger
  • 18.0% responded 13 or 14
  • 20.7% responded 15 or 16
  • 4.5% responded 17 or older

Abuse/Misuse in the Past Month:

When Asked: During the past 30 days, on how many days did you have at least one drink of alcohol? NH high school students responded:

  • 15.0% responded 1 or 2 days
  • 7.3% responded 3 to 5 days
  • 3.7% responded 6 to 9 days
  • 2.2% responded 10 to 19 days
  • 0.6 % responded 20 to 29 days
  • 1.1% responded all 30 days

Abuse/Misuse in the past month by gender:

When NH High School MALES Were Asked: During the past 30 days, on how many days did you have at least one drink of alcohol?

  • 13.2% responded 1 or 2 days
  • 7.5% responded 3 to 5 days
  • 3.5% responded 6 to 9 days
  • 2.2% responded 10 to 19 days
  • 0.7% responded 20 to 29 days
  • 1.4% responded all 30 days

When NH High School FEMALES Were Asked: During the past 30 days, on how many days did you have at least one drink of alcohol?

  • 16.9% responded 1 or 2 days
  • 7.0% responded 3 to 5 days
  • 4.0% responded 6 to 9 days
  • 2.1% responded 10 to 19 days
  • 0.5% responded 20 to 29 days
  • 0.7% responded all 30 days

Attitude Toward Peer Substance Abuse:

When Asked: How wrong do your friends feel it would be for you to drink alcohol (beer, wine or liquor) nearly every day?

  • 15.6% said “not at all wrong”
  • 10.8% of those who 15 or younger answered “not at all wrong”
  • 17.4% of 16 or 17 answered “not at all wrong”
  • 21.7 of 18 or older answered “not at all wrong”

In comparison, nationally, 89.7% of youths strongly or somewhat disapproved of peers having one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day, while in NH, 32.7% answered very wrong while 24.4% answered wrong

Perceived Parental Disapproval:

Nationally, most youths in the 2014 study (90.6%) reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their having one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day, while in NH the number is only 73.6%

Accessibility:

When NH High School Females Were Asked: If you wanted to get some alcohol (beer, wine, or liquor) how hard or easy would it be for you to get some?

  • According to the NSDUH study, underage females were more likely than males to have been in a restaurant, bar, or club on their last drinking occasion (8.6 vs. 6.0%).
  • 37.5% said very easy and only 11.5% said very hard
  • For males it is 37.7% said very easy while 14.5% said very hard

Binge Drinking (5 or more drinks in a row within 2 hours) among 12-20 year olds

Fast Facts:

  • 19.6% of NH 12-20 year olds report binge drinking in the past 30 days
  • By comparison nationally the number is 14.0% and 15.7% in the Northeast
  • According to the NSDUH study, youth binge and heavy drinking rates were 6.1% and 1.0%, respectively
  • The state ranks second in the nation for binge drinking among 12-20 year olds

Abuse/Misuse in the Past Month:

When Asked: During the past 30 days, on how many days did you have 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a row, that is, within a couple of hours?

  • 6.4% responded 1 day
  • 4.2% responded 2 days
  • 3.2% responded 3 to 5 days
  • 1.4% responded 6 to 9 days
  • 0.6% responded 10 to 19 days
  • 1.0% responded 20 or more days

Attitudes Toward Peer Substance Abuse:

Nationally, 89.7% of youths strongly or somewhat disapproved of peers having one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day, while 57.1% of NH teens felt the same

Perceived Risk:

When Asked: How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they have five or more drinks of alcohol once or twice a week?

  • 40.9% said “great risk”
  • 35.1% said “moderate risk”
  • 17.2% said “slight risk”
  • 6.8% said “no risk”

External link:

Teen Drinking Infographic

The statistics found on these pages come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS).  The NSDUH  is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for those aged 12 years old or older.   NSDUH is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The YRBS is used to collect data at high schools across the state to assess trends in health risk behaviors among high school aged youth.  The data is then used to evaluate the impact of broad school and community interventions at national, state, and local levels.  This survey was developed by the Centers for Disease Control in 1991

Marijuana Use

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Fast Facts:

  • 9.8% of 12-17 year olds in NH report using marijuana in the past 30 days, as compared to 7.4% nationally and 7.6% in the Northeast
  • 30.1% of NH’s 18-25 year olds report using marijuana in the past 30 days, as compared to 19.6% nationally, and 22.2% in the Northeast
  • The state ranks 9th for 12-17 year olds and 5th for 18-25 year olds when it comes to marijuana use
  • 14.7% of 16-17 year olds in NH admitted to trying marijuana for the first time when they were 13 to 14 and 4.0% admitted they were 11 to 12
  • 4.6% of NH’s High School students have reported using Synthetic Marijuana 1 or 2 times, 5.0% for teens ranging from 16-17 and 7.9% for kids 18 or older

Age of Initial Use:

When Asked: How old were you when you tried marijuana for the first time?

  • 6.1% responded 12 or younger
  • 13.6% responded 13 or 14
  • 13.9% responded 15 or 16
  • 3.2% responded 17 or older

Frequency of Abuse/Misuse:

When Asked: During your life, how many times have you used marijuana?

  • 6.7% responded 1 or 2 times
  • 5.7% responded 3 to 9 times
  • 2.9% responded 10 to 19 times
  • 2.2% responded 20 to 39 times
  • 4.7% responded 40 to 99 times

Attitudes Toward Peer Substance Abuse:

When Asked: How wrong do your friends feel it would be for you to smoke marijuana?

  • 33.4% answered “not at all wrong”
    • 21.1% 15 or younger
    • 39.3% 16 or 17
    • 45.3% 18 or older

Perceived Risk:

When Asked: How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they use marijuana once or twice a week

  • 31.5% said no risk
  • 28.8% said slight risk
  • 21.4% said moderate risk
  • 18.3% said great risk
  • In comparison, nationally, 79.9% strongly or somewhat disapproved of peers using marijuana or hashish once a month or more. In NH, 43% said friends would classify using marijuana as “very wrong/wrong”

Perceived Parental Disapproval:

  • 68.1% of NH teens said that their parents would feel it was “very wrong” if they smoked marijuana, while nationally, 87.5% of youths reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their trying marijuana or hashish once or twice

 

The statistics found on these pages come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS).  The NSDUH  is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for those aged 12 years old or older.   NSDUH is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The YRBS is used to collect data at high schools across the state to assess trends in health risk behaviors among high school aged youth.  The data is then used to evaluate the impact of broad school and community interventions at national, state, and local levels.  This survey was developed by the Centers for Disease Control in 1991

Past Year Non-Medical Use of Pain Relievers

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Age of Use:

  • 3.5% of 15 year olds have admitted to abusing prescription drugs, that number makes a 2.2% leap as 5.7% of 16 or 17 year olds admit the same

Frequency of Abuse/Misuse:

  • 2.9% of NH’s 16-18 year old males have admitted to abusing prescription drugs over 40 times , while 1.9% of females have said the same
  • 4.71% of NH’s 12-17 year olds report abusing prescription drugs in the past year, which is slightly similar to the national average at 4.7% and 4.0% average in the Northeast
  • 9.76% of 18-25 year olds report abusing prescription drugs in the past year, higher than the 7.8% national average and the 7.4% average of the Northeast

Perceived Risk:

  • When Asked: How much do you think people risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they take a prescription drug (such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) without a doctor’s prescription?
    • 8.1% of males 18 or older said there was only a slight risk; that’s a 2% decrease from the 16 or 17 year olds who answered the same

Accessibility:

When Asked: If you wanted to get a prescription drug (such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) without a doctor’s prescription, how hard or easy would it be for you to get some?

  • 14.7% said “very easy” and 15.2% said “sort of easy”

The statistics found on these pages come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS).  The NSDUH  is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for those aged 12 years old or older.   NSDUH is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The YRBS is used to collect data at high schools across the state to assess trends in health risk behaviors among high school aged youth.  The data is then used to evaluate the impact of broad school and community interventions at national, state, and local levels.  This survey was developed by the Centers for Disease Control in 1991

Cigarettes/Tobacco

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Age of Initial Use: When Asked: How old were you when you first smoked a whole cigarette for the first time? NH students responded:

  • 6.4% of NH’s High School males said they were 13-14 years old
  • 6.5% of NH’s High School females said they were 13-14 years old
  • According to NSDUH, current cigarette smoking among persons aged 12 or older in the Northeast was 19.8%

Attitudes Toward Peer Substance Abuse:

When Asked: How wrong do your friends feel it would be for you to smoke tobacco?

  • 10.1% answered “not at all wrong” while 14.5% answered “a little bit wrong”
  • 12.2% of males said “not at all wrong” while 7.7% of females said the same
  • 92.5% of youths “strongly” or “somewhat” disapproved of their peers smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day, while 65.6% of NH Youth said they would feel it would be “very wrong” and “wrong”

Perceived Parental Disapproval:

93.8% of youths reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day, while in NH, 78.5% felt the same

Accessibility:

When Asked: If you wanted to get some cigarettes, how hard or easy would it be for you to get some?

  • 18.4% said “very hard” while 36.3% said “very easy”

The statistics found on these pages come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS).  The NSDUH  is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for those aged 12 years old or older.   NSDUH is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The YRBS is used to collect data at high schools across the state to assess trends in health risk behaviors among high school aged youth.  The data is then used to evaluate the impact of broad school and community interventions at national, state, and local levels.  This survey was developed by the Centers for Disease Control in 1991

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Ecstasy

  • Nearly 2.3% of 16-17 year olds have tried Ecstasy 1 or 2 times

OTHER IMPORTANT FACTS

  • During the past 12 months, 15.8% of teens 15 or younger said they’ve been offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property
    • 16.9% of 16-17 year olds and 17.5% of those 18 or older have said the same
  • 8.6% of NH 16-17 year olds admitted to giving someone money to buy alcohol for them
  • 7.8 % of NH teens ranging from 16-17 admit to doing drugs before intercourse
  • (Nationally) drugs with the most initiates for 12 or older was marijuana use (2.6 million), non-medical use of pain relievers (1.4 million), then non-medical use of tranquilizers (1.1 million), followed by Ecstasy use (0.68 million), then use of stimulants, cocaine, and inhalants (0.5 million to 0.8 million)

Perceived Parental Disapproval/Parental Involvement:

  • 46.7% of NH teens agree that their parents or other adults in their family have clear rules and consequences for their behavior. HOWEVER 44.6% have also said during the past 12 months, their parent’s haven’t talked with them about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
    • On the national level, 90.6% reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their having one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day, while in NH, 68.1% said the same
    • Nationally, 90% of youths reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their trying marijuana or hashish once or twice, while in NH, the number was only 69.7%
  • In 2012, past month use of illicit drugs and cigarettes and binge alcohol use were lower among youths aged 12 to 17 who reported that their parents always or sometimes engaged in supportive or monitoring behaviors than among youths whose parents seldom or never engaged in such behaviors.
  • The rate of past month use of any illicit drug in 2014 was 7.8% for youths whose parents always or sometimes helped with homework compared with 18.1% among youths who indicated that their parents seldom or never helped. Rates of current cigarette smoking and past month binge alcohol use also were lower among youths whose parents always or sometimes helped with homework (4.2% and 4.9%, respectively).

Exposure to Substance use Prevention Messages and Programs:

When Asked:: During the last 12 months, do you recall hearing, reading or seeing a message about avoiding alcohol or other illegal drugs?

  • 13.4% said No while 79.6% said Yes

Sources:

2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
2014 National Survey for Drug Use and Health