Youth Prescription Drug Misuse (2007 to 2010 6th Graders)

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Percent of Students Reporting Use of Any Prescription Drugs Not Prescribed by Their Doctor or that They Took Only to Get High within the Past 12 Months, All Available Years: by Grade, Gender, and County

Aitkin County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Anoka County6th1.3%0.7%1.0%1.3%1.2%1.2%
Becker County6th2.2%0.8%1.5%0.0%1.9%1.0%
Beltrami County6th4.9%4.3%4.6%3.2%0.6%1.9%
Benton County6th0.0%1.1%0.6%1.0%0.0%0.5%
Big Stone County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%0.0%2.1%
Blue Earth County6th1.7%0.5%1.1%1.6%0.0%0.8%
Brown County6th0.0%3.0%1.5%0.9%0.0%0.5%
Carlton County6th1.1%1.6%1.3%1.1%2.1%1.6%
Carver County6th0.9%0.2%0.6%0.2%1.2%0.7%
Cass County6th0.0%2.6%1.3%2.2%0.0%1.1%
Chippewa County6th1.2%0.0%0.7%N/AN/AN/A
Chisago County6th4.0%1.7%2.9%2.4%0.0%1.3%
Clay County6th0.7%2.5%1.6%1.9%0.0%0.9%
Clearwater County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%4.9%2.4%
Cook County6thN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Cottonwood County6th1.3%5.1%3.1%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Crow Wing County6th2.3%1.3%1.8%0.8%0.8%0.8%
Dakota County6th0.7%0.7%0.7%1.3%1.1%1.2%
Dodge County6th2.5%0.9%1.7%0.8%0.0%0.4%
Douglas County6th0.0%1.4%0.7%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Faribault County6th3.6%0.0%1.7%N/AN/AN/A
Fillmore County6th1.2%0.0%0.6%0.0%2.6%1.2%
Freeborn County6th1.6%0.0%0.8%3.7%0.8%2.2%
Goodhue County6th0.5%0.5%0.5%0.0%0.9%0.5%
Grant County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%N/AN/AN/A
Hennepin County6th1.7%1.4%1.6%1.6%1.0%1.3%
Houston County6th0.0%1.1%0.6%1.5%1.4%1.4%
Hubbard County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%3.1%1.6%
Isanti County6th1.1%3.9%2.5%N/AN/AN/A
Itasca County6th3.2%1.4%2.3%1.5%2.5%2.0%
Jackson County6th2.3%0.0%1.1%3.8%0.0%2.2%
Kanabec County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%3.9%0.0%2.1%
Kandiyohi County6th2.4%2.6%2.5%1.4%1.3%1.3%
Kittson County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Koochiching County6thN/AN/AN/A2.1%0.0%1.1%
Lac Qui Parle County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Lake County6thN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Lake of the Woods County6thN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Le Sueur County6th0.8%0.0%0.4%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Lincoln County6th3.2%0.0%1.6%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Lyon County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.9%0.4%
McLeod County6th3.1%0.6%1.9%3.9%0.0%2.0%
Mahnomen County6th0.0%6.8%3.6%2.6%2.7%2.6%
Marshall County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%2.3%1.2%
Martin County6th4.1%0.0%2.1%3.8%0.0%1.9%
Meeker County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%2.3%0.0%1.2%
Mille Lacs County6th1.1%3.2%2.2%1.6%1.5%1.5%
Morrison County6th2.6%0.7%1.7%2.5%0.0%1.3%
Mower County6th1.9%0.6%1.2%0.6%1.1%0.9%
Murray County6thN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Nicollet County6th2.6%0.0%1.4%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Nobles County6th1.9%1.7%1.8%0.0%1.1%0.6%
Norman County6th4.3%3.1%3.8%0.0%2.6%1.5%
Olmsted County6th0.8%0.7%0.7%1.5%0.9%1.1%
Otter Tail County6th0.8%0.9%0.8%0.6%1.1%0.9%
Pennington County6th0.0%3.3%1.5%N/AN/AN/A
Pine County6th3.4%1.0%2.3%2.9%1.5%2.1%
Pipestone County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%N/AN/AN/A
Polk County6th2.3%2.2%2.3%2.2%1.4%1.8%
Pope County6thN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Ramsey County6th1.4%1.2%1.3%1.1%1.4%1.3%
Red Lake County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Redwood County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%2.7%1.9%2.4%
Renville County6th4.7%0.0%2.6%1.7%0.0%0.8%
Rice County6th1.2%0.8%1.0%1.3%0.9%1.1%
Rock County6thN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Roseau County6th0.0%0.9%0.5%1.0%0.0%0.5%
St. Louis County6th1.0%1.3%1.2%0.7%2.0%1.3%
Scott County6th1.4%1.4%1.4%1.1%1.1%1.1%
Sherburne County6th1.5%0.8%1.1%1.2%0.8%1.0%
Sibley County6th1.8%0.0%0.9%0.0%3.8%1.7%
Stearns County6th0.5%0.5%0.5%1.9%0.7%1.3%
Steele County6th1.0%0.5%0.7%0.5%0.5%0.5%
Stevens County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%N/AN/A1.0%
Swift County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Todd County6th2.0%0.0%1.0%3.3%5.2%4.3%
Traverse County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Wabasha County6th4.1%0.8%2.5%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Wadena County6th2.3%0.0%1.2%1.4%1.2%1.3%
Waseca County6th0.0%0.8%0.5%0.0%0.0%0.0%
Washington County6th0.4%0.4%0.4%1.5%0.8%1.2%
Watonwan County6th4.4%1.6%3.1%1.9%1.6%1.7%
Wilkin County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%4.8%0.0%2.5%
Winona County6th0.6%0.5%0.6%1.1%0.7%0.9%
Wright County6th0.7%1.2%0.9%0.4%0.9%0.7%
Yellow Medicine County6th0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%4.9%2.4%

About the Indicator:

Prescription drugs can have dangerous health consequences if used incorrectly, or if used by by someone other than for whom they were intended. N/A indicates that the data are unavailable or were not collected.

Data Source: Minnesota Student Survey (MSS)

Description: The MSS is a confidential and anonymous self-administered survey given to students attending Minnesota public, charter and tribal schools. From 1995 to 2010, the survey was administered to students in 6th, 9th, and 12th grades. New in 2013, the survey was administered to students in 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grades. Trend data are now only available for 9th graders, and only for survey questions that did not change. Most schools elect to participate in the survey; in 2013, this included 84% of public schools in Minnesota.

Although the data are not presented here, the survey is also administered to area learning centers, juvenile correction facilities and private schools electing to participate.

Sponsored by: Minnesota Department of Education

Geographic Level: State, Region, and County

Aggregated data at the state and county level do not reveal disparities that may exist within a given geographic area.

Frequency: Data collected and reported every three years

Characteristics: The results of the MSS are also available at a county level. Data Privacy requirements mandate that data is presented in a manner such that no individual student can be identified through the presentation of the results. As part of the Data Privacy practices, the results are also presented in a manner that no individual school district could be identified through the results. Therefore, for counties that have only one school district, the results are not presented. Results are also withheld for counties in which the minimum number for student participation was not met.

The MSS is a “census” of schools, not a sample. The school districts get their own data. Fifth-graders were not asked all substance use questions. Some school districts do not participate, and student participation within the school district can vary widely. These data are self-reported.