Student Drug Usage
Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment
Student Drug Use
Arkansas County22%
Ashley County18%
Baxter County22%
Benton County20%
Boone County18%
Bradley County15%
Calhoun County41%
Carroll County23%
Chicot County12%
Clark County15%
Clay County22%
Cleburne County21%
Cleveland County20%
Conway County20%
Craighead County17%
Crawford County22%
Cross County18%
Dallas County17%
Desha County12%
Drew County23%
Faulkner County18%
Franklin County18%
Fulton County15%
Garland County24%
Grant County17%
Greene County15%
Hempstead County22%
Hot Spring County23%
Howard County21%
Independence County16%
Izard County21%
Jackson County13%
Jefferson County24%
Johnson County19%
Lawrence County20%
Lee County14%
Lincoln County21%
Little River County22%
Logan County15%
Lonoke County25%
Madison County15%
Marion County26%
Miller County21%
Mississippi County15%
Monroe County17%
Montgomery County14%
Nevada County14%
Newton County17%
Ouachita County20%
Perry County22%
Phillips County17%
Pike County12%
Poinsett County19%
Polk County18%
Pope County17%
Prairie County19%
Pulaski County20%
Randolph County19%
Saline County19%
Scott County24%
Searcy County19%
Sebastian County22%
Sevier County17%
Sharp County21%
St. Francis County24%
Stone County24%
Union County21%
Van Buren County16%
Washington County17%
White County18%
Woodruff County21%
Yell County10%

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 2018, 19% of youth reported ever having used a drug, including tobacco or alcohol, down 8 percentage points from 2011. Use was a bit higher for females (20%) 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 2018 having ever used a drug ranged from 10% in Yell County to 41% in Calhoun 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 Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
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 Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
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