October is Substance Misuse Prevention Awareness Month

October is Substance Misuse Prevention Awareness Month

In 2018, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), in conjunction with the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University, conducted its sixteenth biennial Texas School Survey of Substance Use (TSS). The survey collects self-reported tobacco, alcohol, and substance use data for grades 7 through 12 in Texas public schools. Students that perceived their parents would strongly disapprove of their using specific substances were less likely to use these substances, for example, in 2018, 75.2 percent of students perceived that their parents would strongly disapprove of their tobacco use only, 34.8 percent of students ever used tobacco. For alcohol, the perception of parents’ strong disapproval was much lower at 57.2 percent and with a much higher rate of 58.8 percent of students ever used. Marijuana (75.5%) also had higher rates for parental disapproval and less marijuana (23.8%) use.

Source: Texas A&M University, Public Policy Research Institute, Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use, 2018 Region 8

Source: Texas A&M University, Public Policy Research Institute, Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use, 2018 Region 8