Drugs and Alcohol
The number one drug of abuse for Lake County youth is alcohol according to the 2006 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, ranking slightly higher than the state average. This statistic is substantiated nationally by the 2007 Acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H., in his statement that "alcohol remains the most heavily abused substance by America's youth." The 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates there are 11 million underage drinkers in the United States. Nearly 7.2 million are considered binge drinkers, typically meaning they drank more than five drinks on occasion. In Lake County, 24.1 percent of high school students reported binge drinking in the last two weeks, with 34.1 percent reporting some alcohol consumption in the past 30 days.
Marijuana use for Lake County as reported by our youth is just lower than cigarette use. The use of prescription drugs and methamphetamine are significantly lower in use for Lake County students, but are on the rise.
With these statistics in mind the Safe Schools Department is attempting to change the culture and attitudes toward drinking and drug abuse in Lake County by offering a comprehensive K-9 educational program, Too Good for Drugs, in all schools as well as providing many other reduction services.