Colorado Department of Health Shows Decline in Youth Drugs, Alcohol Consumption – CBS Denver

Denver (CBS4)The Colorado Children’s Health Survey shows that more young people are having difficulty obtaining drugs and alcohol, which means they are consuming less. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said more than 100,000 young people responded to the voluntary survey.

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“It is not surprising that the data indicates that young people have been struggling during the pandemic, as we have all done,” Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, executive director of CDPHE, said in a statement. But, there are many positive aspects, including reducing substance use and perceived access to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. Importantly, the survey notes the need for support and increased protective factors for youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth. “

Important key findings from the 2021 statewide high school results include:
• 40% of young adults have experienced depression in the past year, up from 35% since the last Colorado Child Health Survey in 2019.
• 51% of young people felt daily stress more often during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Decreased proportion of youth currently using substances – including alcohol (24%, down from 30%), marijuana (13%, down from 21%), cigarettes (3%, down from 6%), electronic vapor products (16 %, down from 26%), and over-the-counter pain medications (6%, down from 7%).
• Young people felt it was more difficult to obtain substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, electronic vapor products, and other drugs, compared to previous survey years.
• Young people reported increases in the perceived risk of harm from daily use of substances.

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 adults who have thought seriously (17%), planned (13%) and attempted suicide (7%) in the past year has not changed since 2015, the 2021 Colorado Children’s Survey data disaggregated shows:
• 23% of non-intersex youth have attempted suicide in the past year, compared to 8% of their female 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 to 4% of their heterosexual peers.
• 26% of transgender youth have attempted suicide in the past year, compared to 7% of their gender-consenting peers.
• 10% of multiracial youth have attempted suicide in the past year, compared to 7% of their white peers.

While the proportion of young adults who were exposed to smoke or steam at home over the past week fell from 19% in 2019 to 16% in 2021, the disaggregated data reveals:
• 23% of non-binary youth/young adults have been exposed to smoke or steam at home in the past week, compared to 16% of their female peers and 14% of their male peers.
• 24% of intersex youth, 22% of gay/lesbian youth, and 20% of asexual youth have been exposed to smoke or steam in the home in the past week, compared to 14% of their heterosexual peers.
• 27% of transgender youth have been exposed to secondhand smoke or vapour in the home within the past week, compared to 16% of their gender-matched peers.

While the proportion of young people who experienced hunger in the past 30 days due to lack of food at home decreased from 15% in 2019 to 12% in 2021, the disaggregated data reveal the following:
• 18% of young men and women/non-intersex people have experienced hunger in the past 30 days, compared to 12% of their female and male peers.
• 18% of gay/lesbian youth have experienced hunger in the past 30 days, compared to 11% of their heterosexual peers.
• 20% of young adults unsure of their transgender status have experienced starvation in the past 30 days, compared to 12% of their gender-matched peers.
•24% of African American/Black youth, 20% of American Indian/Alaska Native youth, and 15% of Hispanic/Latino/Multiethnic youth and youth have experienced hunger in the past 30 days, compared to 10% of eggs. peers.

Similarly, 65% of young people felt they belong in their school (new question in 2021), but disaggregated data reveal that:
• 37% of non-intersex youth feel they belong in their school, compared to 63% of their female peers and 69% of their male peers.
• 49% of bisexual youth, 48% of gay/lesbian youth, 48% of asexual youth felt they belong in their school, compared to 71% of their heterosexual peers.
• 38% of transgender youth feel they belong in their school, compared to 66% of their gender-aware peers.
• 61% of Hispanic/Latino/A/S and multiracial youth feel they belong in their school, compared to 68% of their white peers.

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