Survey finds alcohol use down, pot smoking up at secondary schools

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By Kirsten Laskey

Teenagers have healthier thoughts about alcohol than they did a few years ago, according to a survey conducted by Los Alamos public schools.

Among the most positive results, the survey discovered a significant drop in alcohol use in the majority of the midle and high school grades compared to a survey from three years ago.

Morris Pongratz of Assets in Action, presented the results of a Search Institute Survey of students for 2009.

Pongratz praised the Los Alamos Police Department for being “pro-active” in dealing with underage drinking.

In another survey question related to alcohol, the 2009 survey showed when comparing 2006 statistics to this year’s results, the number of students drinking and driving were also significantly down.

There is, however, work to do.

Pongratz showed that tobacco use and marijuana use have increased since 2006.

Suicide is another major concern. A high number of Los Alamos Middle School female students seem to be struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Other behaviors such as truancy and sexual intercourse remain about the same when comparing this year’s data to 2006’s statistics.

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