Student Drug Usage
Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment
Student Drug Use
Arkansas County24%
Ashley County17%
Baxter County19%
Benton County21%
Boone County21%
Bradley County22%
Carroll County24%
Chicot County17%
Clark County12%
Clay County20%
Cleburne County28%
Cleveland County18%
Columbia County12%
Conway County19%
Craighead County19%
Crawford County23%
Cross County20%
Desha County21%
Drew County24%
Faulkner County18%
Franklin County23%
Fulton County13%
Garland County23%
Grant County19%
Greene County20%
Hempstead County23%
Hot Spring County17%
Howard County22%
Independence County19%
Izard County21%
Jackson County15%
Jefferson County22%
Johnson County18%
Lafayette County19%
Lawrence County12%
Lee County5%
Lincoln County20%
Little River County22%
Logan County16%
Lonoke County23%
Madison County23%
Marion County20%
Miller County21%
Mississippi County15%
Monroe County18%
Montgomery County15%
Nevada County26%
Newton County15%
Ouachita County20%
Perry County20%
Phillips County16%
Pike County12%
Poinsett County24%
Polk County22%
Pope County19%
Prairie County12%
Pulaski County21%
Randolph County17%
Saline County13%
Scott County19%
Searcy County12%
Sebastian County25%
Sevier County18%
Sharp County25%
St. Francis County14%
Stone County23%
Union County24%
Van Buren County12%
Washington County18%
White County19%
Woodruff County23%
Yell County18%

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment





What does this measure?

The percentage of students reporting on a survey that they have ever used any drug, including alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other illegal drugs.

Why is this important?

Adolescence can be a period of vulnerability to substance abuse disorders, and many factors influence whether an adolescent explores drug use. Drug use can be part of a pattern of risky behaviors that puts a youth at risk for short and longer term health impacts.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2017, 20% of youth reported ever having used a drug, including tobacco or alcohol, down 7 percentage points from 2011. Use was a bit higher for females (21%) than for males (18%). National data and subgroup data (racial and ethnic groups) were not available for this indicator.

Among Arkansas counties, the share of youth reporting in 2017 having ever used a drug ranged from 5% in Lee County to 28% in Cleburne County.

Notes about the data

Data is from the Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment, conducted by the state Division of Behavioral Health Services. The survey has been conducted annually since 2002 and is administered to Arkansas youth in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12.

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment

Student Drug Use

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment

Student Drug Use by Gender

Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable