Student Drug Usage
Source: Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment
Student Drug Use
Arkansas County21%
Ashley County19%
Baxter County20%
Benton County19%
Boone County21%
Bradley County14%
Carroll County19%
Chicot County17%
Clark County17%
Clay County17%
Cleburne County22%
Cleveland County21%
Columbia County12%
Conway County23%
Craighead County18%
Crawford County22%
Crittenden County16%
Cross County13%
Drew County21%
Faulkner County20%
Franklin County15%
Fulton County14%
Garland County20%
Grant County17%
Greene County17%
Hempstead County18%
Hot Spring County20%
Howard County19%
Independence County21%
Izard County23%
Jackson County21%
Jefferson County20%
Johnson County20%
Lafayette County31%
Lawrence County15%
Lee County5%
Lincoln County17%
Little River County34%
Logan County18%
Lonoke County24%
Madison County15%
Marion County23%
Miller County15%
Mississippi County17%
Monroe County12%
Montgomery County26%
Nevada County12%
Newton County20%
Ouachita County20%
Perry County23%
Phillips County17%
Pike County9%
Poinsett County19%
Polk County20%
Pope County20%
Pulaski County21%
Randolph County22%
Saline County18%
Scott County20%
Searcy County19%
Sebastian County25%
Sevier County21%
Sharp County21%
St. Francis County17%
Stone County20%
Union County22%
Van Buren County14%
Washington County18%
White County19%
Woodruff County20%
Yell County25%

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 2019, 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%), based on 2018 data, the latest available. National data and subgroup data (racial and ethnic groups) were not available for this indicator.

Among Arkansas counties, the share of youth reporting in 2019 having ever used a drug ranged from 5% in Lee County to 31% in Lafayette County. (Data was not available from Calhoun, Dallas, Desha, and Prairie counties).

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