Drug and alcohol use among Glendale Unified students is consistently lower than state and national averages, according to a recently released study. But the data, compiled as part of the California Healthy Kids Survey, are not necessarily cause for celebration, school officials said.
Fifteen percent of Glendale Unified seventh-graders, 38% of ninth-graders and 56% of 11th-graders self reported that they had consumed alcohol at least once, according to the California Healthy Kids Survey. Statewide, 24% of seventh-graders, 47% of ninth-graders and 66% of 11th-graders reported that they had consumed alcohol.
Sixteen percent of Glendale Unified ninth-graders and 27% of 11th-graders reported that they had smoked marijuana at least once, according to the study. Nationally, those numbers were 29% and 50%, respectively.