ADAC readies for 2024 school alcohol and drug survey

School leaders in the Health and Human Services Region 5 sector are asked to
consider taking part in the 2024 Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use.
While it may seem early, the Prevention Resource Center team at the Alcohol and
Drug Abuse Council, which covers Region 5, are already thinking about the biennial
survey.
They are doing so on the heels of the good news from the 2022 survey, which found
that substance use among students in grades 7 to 12 was down compared to the
last sole Region 5 survey done in 2018. The 2022 survey found that electronic
cigarette use decreased 14 percent since 2018; overall tobacco use fell by 34
percent; alcohol use decreased by 17 percent and marijuana use was down 17
percent since 2018. On a national level e-cigarette and marijuana use are trending
up while Region 5 is trending down.
Region 5 covers the Deep East Texas counties of Angelina, Hardin, Houston, Jasper,
Jefferson, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto,
Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler.
“We were so pleased with the 2022 survey results for Region 5 and we want as
many schools as possible to take the 2024 survey so we can know what’s going on
with our students and schools,” said Manager of Prevention at ADAC Melanie
Patterson. “As Benjamin Franklin wisely said, an ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure and these statistics prove that the prevention programs and activities
ADAC takes into the schools and communities of Region 5 work.”
The Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use is sponsored by the Texas Health
and Human Services Commission and implemented by the Public Policy Research
Institute at Texas A&M University. Surveys began in 1988.
The survey quantifies youth drug and alcohol use and provides guidance on the
best means to address the problem. Questions assess where the students get most
of their information on drug and alcohol use and where they say they would turn to
for help with a substance problem.
State and local agencies use data from the survey to quantify local drug and alcohol
use. The survey uses factual data to replace speculation and sensational
information.
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Schools that do participate have an opportunity to receive a campus-level report
detailing survey findings, which can be useful for informing and developing grant
applications, school board presentations, campus improvement plans and district
programs.
For more information about the survey, visit www.texasschoolsurvey.org
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About 20 percent of Texas public schools are randomly selected to participate in the survey, but schools
that are interested in taking part in the survey can contact Public Service And Administration at 979-862-
3437 to either find out if they have been chosen or to volunteer.
Schools that do participate have an opportunity to receive a campus-level report detailing survey
findings, which can be useful for informing and developing grant applications, school board
presentations, campus improvement plans and district programs.
For more information about the survey, visit www.texasschoolsurvey.org
For more information about the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council or for statistical information about
Region 5, contact ADAC at 936-634-5753. ADAC offers presentations on available services, referral
resources and information related to substance use and misuse and offers a 24-hour referral service.
Appropriate referrals are made based on identification and need and ADAC can provide state-funded
outpatient and residential treatment for indigent clients. ADAC identifies possible substance misuse for
both adolescents and adults. The Council also identifies strengths, problems and needs as they relate to
the use or misuse of alcohol and other drugs.