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A teenage driver is stopped by a police officer who smells alcohol on the youth’s breath. But how does the officer detect marijuana, or other drug use?

Findings from the Pride Survey National Summary 2006 suggest that illicit drugs may be more prevalent than alcohol in teenage impaired driving.

As the chart above shows, 10 percent of 12th grade students said they drink alcohol in a car while nearly 14 percent said they use an illicit drug. Eleventh and tenth grade students showed similar responses.

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 were more likely to use alcohol in a car. But the situation begins to change in the ninth grade, a time when some students begin to obtain driver’s licenses. See chart for details. The survey questionnaire does not ask if the student were driving.

A recent study in Ireland found that nearly one-third of drivers stopped for suspected impaired driving tested positive for illicit drugs – more than the number who were found to be above the legal alcohol limit.

NY Gov. Spitzer to collect tobacco taxes
Join Together has reported that New York’s new governor, Eliot Spitzer, will attempt to collect taxes from tobacco sold by Native American tribes. This move could mean $1 billion in revenue for the state, and help make tobacco products less attractive to consumers.

On-line surveys available
Our parent and faculty/staff surveys are now available in web-based versions. Student surveys will go on line later this school year. The original pencil and paper versions will remain available. More>>

Customer Comment
“Low cost, fast turn around time and an extremely useful report…what more can a prevention coalition ask of a survey? The Pride Surveys Risk and Protective Factor Survey has provided us a ‘road map’ and given our rural community the data that has helped us identify our needs and priorities, as well as assist us in tracking our progress.”

Chris Henderson
Chair, Enough Is Enough, Bear Lake Communities That Care Coalition
Montpelier, Idaho, City Council Member

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Stay Abreast of Prevention News

Pride Surveys tries to keep you informed of news that can affect your prevention programs. There are other excellent sources of information that we recommend as well. Here are just a few:

Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools Prevention News Bulletin
Office of National Drug Control Policy Community Prevention Listserv
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Coalitions Online
Join Together
University of Maryland Center for Substance Abuse Research
U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
NCADI Update Listserve
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

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