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Delaware Adolescent Substance Abuse Facts

Tobacco-related behaviors among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they never tried cigarette smoking (even 1 or 2 puffs)DelawareUnited States
Total70%68%
Male70%66%
Female70%69%
Percent of high school students who report they smoked cigarettes on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total10%11%
Male10%12%
Female9%10%
Percent of high school students who report they tried to quit smoking cigarettes (among students who currently smoked cigarettes, during the 12 months before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total49%45%
Male45%40%
Female*53%
Percent of high school students who report they usually obtained their own cigarettes by buying them in a store or gas station1 (during the 30 days before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total21%13%
Male*17%
Female*8%
Percent of high school students who report they used chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total5%7%
Male8%12%
Female1%2%
Percent of high school students who report they used electronic vapor products including e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pipes, vaping pens, e-hookahs, and hookah pens on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total23%24%
Male27%26%
Female20%23%

1 Among the students who were under age 18.


Alcohol-related behaviors among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they drank alcohol for the first time before age 13 (other than a few sips)DelawareUnited States
Total15%17%
Male16%20%
Female14%15%
Percent of high school students who report they had at least 1 drink of alcohol on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total31%33%
Male27%32%
Female36%34%
Percent of high school students who report they had 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total15%18%
Male14%19%
Female15%17%
Percent of high school students who report they usually obtained the alcohol they drank by someone giving it to them (among students who currently drank alcohol, during the 30 days before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total40%44%
Male31%40%
Female47%48%
Percent of high school students who report they drove a car or other vehicle after drinking alcohol, 1 or more times (during the 30 days before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total6%8%
Male8%10%
Female5%6%
Percent of high school students who report they rode (in a car or other vehicle) with a driver who had been drinking alcohol 1 or more times (during the 30 days before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total17%20%
Male17%20%
Female16%20%

Marijuana use among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they have ever used marijuana 1 or more times (lifetime)DelawareUnited States
Total41%39%
Male42%40%
Female41%37%

Inhalant use among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they have ever sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled any paints or sprays to get high 1 or more times (lifetime)DelawareUnited States
Total3%7%
Male3%7%
Female3%7%

Cocaine use among high school students (grades 9-12), 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they used any form of cocaine (for example, powder, crack, or freebase) 1 or more times (lifetime)DelawareUnited States
Total4%5%
Male5%6%
Female3%4%

Nonmedical use of pain relievers, ages 12-17, 2013-2014 SA2

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who report they used pain relievers for nonmedical reasons (during the 12 months before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total5%5%

Needing but not receiving treatment for substance use, ages 12-17, 2013-2014 SA2

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who report they needed but did not receive treatment for alcohol use (during the 12 months before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total2%3%
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who report they needed but did not receive treatment for illicit drug use (during the 12 months before the survey)DelawareUnited States
Total3%3%

DATA NOTES

1
All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
2
N/A: data do not exist on this measure for this state.
* Figure does not meet standards of reliability or precision; based on fewer than 100 respondents in the subgroup.

DATA SOURCES

SA1
High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). 1991-2015 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. Retrieved June 30, 2016, from http://nccd.cdc.gov/YouthOnline/App/Default.aspx
SA2
2013-2014 data on use of pain relievers and need of treatment are from: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). 2013-2014 NSDUH State Prevalence Estimates – Individual Excel and CSV Files by Outcome. Tables 8, 21, and 22. Retrieved June 30, 2016, from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh/reports
Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on January 27, 2017