A recent survey seems to indicate that drug and marijuana usage among Idaho students may be trending upward  The 2011 Idaho Youth Risks Behavior Survey released this month by the Idaho State Dept. of Education indicates that 18.8-percent of Idaho’s high school students say they had used marijuana at least once within the last month.  That’s a five percent increase over 2009.  65 percent said they  had at least one drink of alcohol during their lifetime. 

Nearly 40 percent had tried smoking a cigarette at least once and over a quarter of those surveyed said they had been in a physical fight during the past year.  The survey, developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, keeps track of tobacco, drug and alcohol use as well as sexual behaviors of students.  Over 1700 Idaho students from 48 randomly selected high schools participated in the survey last spring.  The Times News reports that Local officials say many teenagers admit that marijuana is more available to them than alcohol.