||Drug-Free Communities Support Program Evaluation
||Valley Substance Abuse Action Council (VSAAC)
||Every other year, VSAAC conducts a Survey of Student Needs of 7th, 9th and 11th grade students in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. The survey includes questions about
In 2007-2008, the PRC served as an evaluator for this survey. In the fall of 2007, the survey was administered to approximately 3000 students throughout the Valley. The PRC analyzed the data, provided the survey results, and worked with the VSAAC team to help interpret the results in a meaningful way.
- drug, alcohol and tobacco use;
- sports and club participation;
- risky behaviors; and
- attitudes about school policies concerning drugs and alcohol.
||Survey findings revealed that alcohol is still the #1 drug of choice for students in the Valley. Heroin use continues to increase. In addition, some students abuse prescription and over-the-counter medications. On a positive note, students stated that drug education made them less interested in trying drugs, and 1/3 of respondents said they would like their school to have stricter policies concerning the use of drugs in school and at school activities. Highlights from the survey are presented in the 2008 Community Report posted on the VSAAC Web site www.bghealth.org/vsaac/VSAAC.htm.