Northwest Arkansas Drug and Tobacco Free Coalition Pushes For Teen Involvement

Posted: January 18, 2014 at 5 a.m.

A grassroots teen coalition of students who can influence their peers to stay drug and alcohol free is the goal for the Northwest Arkansas Drug and Tobacco Free Coalition.


By The Numbers

Students at participating schools are surveyed annually through the Arkansas Department of Human Services for the Prevention Needs Assessment Student Survey. In the fall of 2012, the most recent survey data available, 40.1 percent of high schools seniors surveyed across the state said they had used some kind of drug. In Washington County that number was 41.1 percent. In Benton County it was 36.6. percent.

Percentages equal the number of high school students of the class of 2013 who tried commonly abused substances at some point before the fall of their senior year.


60.4*Washington County

55.7*Benton County

61.1 *Arkansas


37.*Washington County

42.*Benton County



36.3*Washington County

35.6*Benton County


Prescription Drugs

17*Washington County

13.7*Benton County



1.8*Washington County

1.9*Benton County



7.8*Washington County

7.4*Benton County


Source: 2012-13 Benton And Washington County Prevention Needs Assessment Student Surveys

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