Utah teens have lowest alcohol, marijuana use in nation

When it comes to marijuana and alcohol, Utah teens “just say no” more than kids in any other state.

Utah had the lowest percentages of ninth- through 12th-graders who said they used alcohol and marijuana in the nation last year, according to a school crime and safety report released Monday by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Last year, an estimated 18.2 percent of sampled Utah students in grades 9-12 reported using alcohol during the previous 30 days, compared with nearly 42 percent nationally. And 2.7 percent said they drank on school property compared with 4.5 percent nationwide.

The figures were even lower for marijuana, with an estimated 10 percent of sampled Utah high schoolers saying they had used it during the previous 30 days, compared with nearly 21 percent nationwide. In Utah, 2.5 percent of high school students said they’d used marijuana on school property compared with 4.6 percent nationwide.

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