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2019 YRBS RESULTS – KINGSWOOD COMPARISON

2019  YRBS  RESULTS – KINGSWOOD  COMPARISON

The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report for Kingswood Regional High School (KRHS) is now available. First, it is important to state that the Governor Wentworth School District is not responsible for the Report; they are the means of obtaining the information, they are the messenger.  Team Wolfeboro thanks GWSD for participating in this national test conducted by the CDC to identify trends among our youth during these formative years.  It is our purpose as a community and as neighbors to use this information for change to benefit this generation and the next. A Summary Table prepared by Team Wolfeboro is provided in two pages to assist your review; the summary includes the 2017 U.S. YRBS (latest available) for comparison.

As you review the KRHS Report, you should be aware that:

  • YRBS testing was not conducted at KRHS in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
  • Regional data was first made available in 2015; it is only shown for 2019.
  • Only 546 of the 749 students (73%) participated in the YRBS testing. Students had the option to opt-out of the YRBS testing.  In 2011, 594 students participated.

The Report indicate the following relating to use of alcohol/drugs among KRHS students:

  • 7% of the students tried marijuana before age 13.  This is a decrease from 12% in 2011.  Yet KRHS remains 40% higher than the State average in both years.
  • 29% used marijuana during the last 30 days, which is 10% higher than the State average.  This may be considered to be a regular user.
  • 9% have used synthetic marijuana (K2, Spice) in their lifetime; unpredictable, more dangerous, and even life-threatening.
  • 1% have used heroin in their lifetime.
  • 2% have used ecstasy in their lifetime; this is down from 8% in 2011.
  • 24% were offered illegal drugs on school property during the last 12 months.
  • 42%  did vaping during the last 30 days.

The Report indicate the following behavior among KRHS students:

  • 8%  missed at least one day of school in the last 30 days because they felt unsafe.
  • 6% were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property during the last 12 months.
  • 50% have had sexual intercourse; 9 % were forced.
  • 23% intentionally hurt themselves during the last 12 months.
  • 24% seriously considered suicide during the last 12 months.
  • 11% attempted suicide at least once in the last 12 months; this is 50% higher than the State average.

Here’s highlights of perceptions held by the students and other health risks:

  • 33% of KRHS students cannot recall seeing a public message about avoiding alcohol/ drugs in the last 12 months.
  • Only 8% think that marijuana poses a risk.

Note: All numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest percent.

In almost every area of life, Prevention is practiced.  Fire Prevention, Accident Prevention, Heart Attack Prevention, Food Poisoning Prevention, Flu Prevention, Covid 19 Prevention.  Even Drug Prevention.  But not Marijuana Prevention.   Greed!  Marijuana is a Big Business influencing politicians, voters, and teens with lies about being harmless. Few dare stand in their way!  At Team Wolfeboro, we do!  (www.NHLives.org)

There will always be drugs available. Marijuana is the “Gateway Drug” that opens the door to hell on earth for many.  Marijuana user’s have a higher risk of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, psychosis, mental illness, joblessness, homelessness and more.  The goal of Team Wolfeboro is to reduce marijuana use by 50% by 2025. 

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