Watauga Parents/Partners for Prevention held a meeting April 18th where speaker Elizabeth Kerley, Health Promotion Program Manager at AppHealthCare presented information about the local Youth Risk Behavior Survey, that provides data on health risk behaviors among middle to high school students.

Highlights from the survey indicated that among Watauga High School students, 46% reported having ever drank alcohol in their lives, 26% reported having at least one drink of alcohol in the past 30 days, 28% reported having ever used marijuana in their lives, 16% reported using marijuana in the past 30 days.

Among middle school age students in Watauga, 12% reported having had a drink of alcohol, other than a few sips, 3% reported they had used marijuana at some point in their lives, 13% reported they had used an electronic vapor product, 7% reported they had tried cigarette smoking, 40% reported having carried a weapon at some point in their lives (includes BB guns, pocket knife, hunting equipment) and 48% reported having been bullied on school property at some point in their lives.

Watauga Partners for Prevention is an alliance of community members who seek to prevent underage substance use, and is open to anyone who wishes to join the mission of prevention.  The May meeting of Watauga Partners for Prevention is on Thursday, May 16th from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. at  Watauga High School, room 2410. This will be the final meeting of this school year.