Nicole Fitzgerald, administrator of Idaho’s Office of Drug Policy, told JFAC this morning that substance-abuse prevention efforts in Idaho are having impact. According to the annual youth behavior risk survey, she said, the percentage of Idaho youth who reported drinking alcohol has dropped from 42.5 percent in 2007 to just 26.5 percent in 2017. Those reporting having used marijuana in the past 30 days has dropped slightly from 17.9 percent to 16.7 percent in 2017. In national statistics, she said, “Idaho ranked 33rd among the states … for the number of individuals 12 years and older reporting illicit drug use in the past month. … The top 20 states have legal retail or medical marijuana.” “Idaho has been successful thus far in our … prevention work,...
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Idaho Office of Drug Policy reports some success with prevention; next target is opioid abuse