Drugs and substance abuse are a problem in every community.

But in Coconino County, according to a recent survey, it is double the rate among 12th graders than in the state of Arizona overall.

According to the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey lifetime alcohol use among teens in 8th, 10th and 12th grades in Coconino County is slightly higher than the state average. Marijuana use among 10th and 12th graders also tracked higher than the state average.

According to the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey, out of 15 schools surveyed in Coconino County 31.7 percent of eighth graders reported they had had used alcohol in their lifetime, 58 percent of 10th graders and 71.3 percent of 12th graders. The Arizona average for eight graders was 29 percent, 10th graders 45.6 percent and 12th graders 60.6 percent.

About 38 percent of Coconino 10th graders and 61.8 percent of 12th graders reported having used marijuana in their lifetime compared to 28.9 percent of 10th graders and 42 percent in Arizona.

But when 12th graders in Coconino County were asked if they had used alcohol and marijuana 10 or more times in the last 30 days, 15 percent and 20 percent, respectively, said yes.  That is more than double the statewide rates.

According to Flagstaff Police Department’s 2016 annual report, in 2015, Metro seized: 99 grams of heroin worth $7,297, 132.25 grams of cocaine worth $10,233, 1,493.58 grams of meth worth $30,671, 18 pounds of marijuana worth $32,384, 168 doses of ecstasy worth $955 and 150,251 doses of acid worth $1.5 million, along with other drugs.

The report points out that Flagstaff is located at the junction of two major highways which provide a transportation corridor for drugs. Metro, is made up of officers from the Flagstaff Police Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Northern Arizona University’s Police Department.


Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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