NPC Research collected drug use and risk and protective factor data from sixth, eighth, and eleventh grade public school students in Oregon for more than 10 years. Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use (ATOD) use among public school students continues to be a cause of concern in Oregon, as it is across the nation. Substance use in school-aged children affects scholastic performance and willingness to remain in school and may establish behavior patterns that follow an individual throughout his or her life. Knowledge about the risk and protective factors that exist in our schools and communities is essential to help prevent substance abuse and promote healthy lifestyles.
Each year, the survey was modified and improved while maintaining item consistency necessary for longitudinal analyses. The analyzed data were used to form prevention programs and policies intended to reverse the trends of increasing drug use in Oregon and across the nation.
Mary Beth Sanders, B.S.