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 have more difficulty accessing drugs and alcohol, which means they consume 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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“Unsurprisingly, the data indicates that young people struggled during the pandemic, as did all of us,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of CDPHE in a statement. “But there are many positives, including reduced substance use and perceived access to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Importantly, the survey underscores the need to support and increase SPFs for young people of color and LGBTQ + youth. “

Significant key findings from the 2021 state high school achievements include:
• 40% of young people have experienced feelings of depression in the past year, compared to 35% since the latest Healthy Kids Colorado survey conducted in 2019.
• 51% of young people felt daily stress more often during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Percentage of young people currently using drugs decreased, including alcohol (24%, down from 30%), marijuana (13%, down from 21%), cigarettes (3%, down from 6%), electronic steam products (16%, down from 26%) and non-prescription pain medication (6%, down from 7%).
• Young people found it more difficult to access substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, electronic vapor products and other drugs, than in previous survey years.
• Young people reported an increased perceived risk of harm from daily substance use.

Health officials said there are disparities between young people of color and LGBTQ + youth in the state.

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While the percentage of young people who seriously considered (17%), planned (13%) and attempted suicide (7%) in the past year has not changed since 2015, disaggregated data from the 2021 Healthy Kids Colorado survey shows:
• 23% of genderqueer / non-binary youth have attempted suicide in the past year, compared with 8% of their peers and 4% of their male peers.
• 20% of bisexual youth, 18% of gay / lesbian youth and 11% of asexual youth have attempted suicide in the past year, compared with 4% of their heterosexual peers.
• 26% of transgender youth have attempted suicide in the past year, compared with 7% of their cisgender peers.
• 10% of multiracial youth have attempted suicide in the past year, compared with 7% of their white peers.

While the percentage of young people who were exposed to secondhand smoke or steam at home in the past week decreased from 19% in 2019 to 16% in 2021, the disaggregated data reveals that:
• 23% of genderqueer / non-binary youths have been exposed to passive smoke or vapors at home in the past week, compared with 16% of their peers and 14% of their male peers.
• 24% of bisexual youths, 22% of gay / lesbian youths and 20% of asexual youths have been exposed to secondhand smoke or steam in the home in the past week, compared with 14% of their heterosexual peers.
• 27% of transgender youths have been exposed to passive smoke or vapors at home in the past week, compared with 16% of their cisgender peers.

While the percentage of young people who went hungry in the past 30 days due to lack of food at home decreased from 15% in 2019 to 12% in 2021, the disaggregated data reveals that:
• 18% of genderqueer / non-binary youth suffered from hunger in the past 30 days, compared with 12% of their female and male peers.
• 18% of gay / lesbian youth went hungry in the past 30 days, compared with 11% of their heterosexual peers.
• 20% of young people unsure of their transgender status have suffered from hunger in the past 30 days, compared with 12% of their cisgender peers.
• 24% of Black / African American youth, 20% of American Indian / Alaskan Native youth, and 15% of Hispanic / Latino / a / x and multiracial youth have gone hungry in the past 30 days, compared with 10 % of their white colleagues.

Similarly, 65% of young people felt they belonged to their school (a new question in 2021), but the disaggregated data reveals that:
• 37% of genderqueer / non-binary youth felt like they belonged to their school, compared to 63% of their female peers and 69% of male peers.
• 49% of bisexual youths, 48% of gay / lesbian youths, 48% of asexual youths felt like they belonged to their school, compared to 71% of their heterosexual peers.
• 38% of transgender youth felt they belonged to their school, compared to 66% of their cisgender peers.
• 61% of Hispanic / Latino / a / x and multiracial youth feel they belong to their school, compared to 68% of their white peers.

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