Livingston County has had a high rate of youth substance use for many years. These substances include alcohol use, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse/abuse. According to the 2018 Michigan Profile for Health Youth (MiPHY), Livingston County students have become less critical of alcohol use. There is also a decrease in the amount of students who believe that their parents felt regular alcohol use is “wrong” or “very wrong”*. MiPHY results show that 11% of Livingston County 7th grade students used marijuana in the past 30 days, and that Livingston County 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students report that they do not see regular marijuana use as a “moderate” or “great” risk*. Additionally, the amount of students who reported using prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them as a “moderate” or “great risk” fell from 83% in 2016 to 78% in 2018*. This response was confirmed in multiple youth focus groups, especially with the use of Adderall and Ritalin. Youth report they use these drugs because it helps them to study.
Livingston County Data
42.8% of Livingston County high school students have drunk alcohol in their lifetime.*
13.4 years old is the average age of first alcohol use in Livingston County*
11.8% of Livingston County students have taken a prescription drug or painkiller without a doctor’s prescription in the past 30 days.*
59.7% of Livingston County high school students report that getting cigarettes is sort of easy or very easy.*
For more information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in Livingston County, click here.