Drug Trend Data
Coalitions need hard facts about substance abuse in their towns in order to develop effective grassroots prevention programs. MCSAAC is responsible for collecting data at the local, regional, and national levels.
The substance abuse trends reported on this site are drawn from anonymous student surveys administered in public schools. Between the years 2010-2012, 8,012 Middlesex County students participated. MCSAAC collected four core measures: age of first use, past 30 day use, perception of risk, and perception of parental disapproval. The three substances measured in this way were alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana.
Beyond the four core measures, students were queried about alcohol and drug behavior (e.g., riding in a car with a drunk driver), their use of cocaine, heroin, and other illicit drugs, and participation in high risk behaviors. Not all school systems participated in or released the results of these more in-depth surveys. Therefore, data beyond the “four core measures” is based on seven to eight school districts, with up to 2,199 middle school students and 3,458 high school students participating.