Friday, April 6, 2012

2010 Fairfax County Youth Survey

The 2010 Fairfax County Youth Survey questioned students about their use of 13 different substances in the past month, including inhalants.
According to the survey:
  • 6.9% of 8th graders had used inhalants in the previous thirty days
  • Inhalants were the 2nd most abused substance for eighth graders (after alcohol)
  • 3% of 10th graders and 1.8% of 12th graders used inhalants in the previous thirty days.
According to Captain Bruce Ferguson of the Fairfax County Police Department, “The survey has shown inhalant use starting at a younger age, which means we have to make sure to check for it at a younger age.”
For eighth graders in Fairfax County, 6.9% represents the highest rate of use that the survey has ever measured.

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