Colorado Department of Health Shows Decline in Youth Drugs, Alcohol Consumption – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4)– The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey shows that more young people are finding it more difficult to access drugs and alcohol, which means they are consuming less. The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment said more than 100,000 young people responded to the voluntary survey.

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“Not surprisingly, the data show that young people have been fighting the pandemic, just like everyone else,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, CDPHE’s executive director, in a statement. “But there are many positive aspects, such as reducing substance use and detecting drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. It’s important that the survey highlights the need to protect and increase the protective factors for young people of color and LGBTQ + youth. “

Significant conclusions from the 2021 high school results include:
• 40% of young people had feelings of depression in the last year, 35% since the last Healthy Kids Colorado survey in 2019.
• 51% of young people felt more daily stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The percentage of young people currently consuming substances has fallen — alcohol (24%, below 30%), marijuana (13%, below 21%), cigarettes (3%, below 6%), and electronic steam products (16). %, Below 26%, and over-the-counter pain medications (6%, below 7%).
• Young people find it more difficult to obtain substances (alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, electronic steam products and other drugs) than in previous surveys.
• Young people have reported an increased risk of being harmed in their daily use of substances.

Health officials say there are differences in color and LGBTQ + youth across the state.

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Although the percentage of young people who have committed suicide in the last year (17%), planned (13%) and attempted suicide (7%) has not changed since 2015, the disaggregated data from the 2021 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey show:
• 23% of non-gender / binary youth attempted suicide in the last year, compared to 8% for women and 4% for men.
• 20% of bisexual young people, 18% of gay / lesbian young people and 11% of asexual young people have attempted suicide in the last year, compared to 4% of their heterosexual partners.
• 26% of young transgender people have attempted suicide in the last year, compared to 7% of their gender members.
• 10% of young people of different races tried to commit suicide in the last year, compared to 7% of their white members.

Although the percentage of young people who suffered second-hand smoke or steam at home in the last week fell from 19% in 2019 to 16% in 2021, the data show that:
• 23% of young people in the gender / non-binary group were exposed to second-hand smoke or steam at home in the last week, compared to 16% of women and 14% of men.
• 24% of bisexual, gay / lesbian and 20% of asexual young people were exposed to second-hand smoke or steam at home in the last week, compared to 14% of their heterosexual members.
• 27% of young transgender people were exposed to second-hand smoke or steam at home in the last week, compared to 16% of their fellow gender members.

Although the percentage of young people who have been hungry for lack of food at home for the last 30 days has fallen from 15% in 2019 to 1221 in 2021, the data show that:
• 18% of non-gender / binary youth have experienced hunger in the last 30 days, compared to 12% of female and male peers.
• 18% of young homosexuals / lesbians have been hungry in the last 30 days, compared to 11% of their heterosexual partners.
• 20% of young people who are unsure about their transgender status have been hungry in the last 30 days, compared to 12% of their gender members.
• 24% of black / African American youth, 20% of Native Americans / Alaska Natives, and 15% of Hispanic / Latino / a / x youth and multiracial youth were hungry in the last 30 days, compared to 10% of whites. peers.

Similarly, 65% of young people felt that they were in school (a new question in 2021), but the data show that:
• 37% of young people felt that they were members of their school, compared to 63% of women and 69% of men.
• 49% of bisexual youth, 48% of gay / lesbian youth, 48% of asexual youth felt at home compared to 71% of their heterosexual peers.
• 38% of young transgender people felt that they were members of their school, compared to 66% of their members.
• 61% of young Hispanic / Latino / a / x and multiracial youth feel at school compared to 68% of their white peers.

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