Every two years the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is conducted among students in grades 9-12 and 6-8. The results for the state of Vermont have been released (the county level results will come soon!) The results showed that many risk behaviors and health-related factors have made significant improvements, and others have worsened.
The Bad News
Marijuana use during the past 30 days significantly increased from 24% in 2017 to 27% in 2019 among VT high schools. Among those marijuana users, vaping as the primary method of use significantly increased more than 8 times in two years!
Current use of electronic vaping has significantly increased, more than doubling between 2017 and 2019, from 12% to 26%. Three quarters of current electronic vape users primarily use JUUL and other pod devices.
These significantly worse statistics mean more high school students are using marijuana and vaping. Both are considered health-risk behaviors that contribute to higher morbidity and mortality among youth and young adults.
The Good News
High schools across the state met or exceeded their Healthy Vermonters 2020 goal!
Stay tuned in March 2020 for Franklin and Grand Isle County level results! For more information visit www.healthvermont.gov/yrbs.