Alcohol use decreases in recent student survey

Photo by Michaela Miller  Claudia Greenwood addresses new business at the Unite meeting on Monday at Two Amigos. During the meeting, Marcia Dixon showed KIP survey results on a projector and discussed the current standing with students of Knox County.
Photo by Michaela Miller
Claudia Greenwood addresses new business at the Unite meeting on Monday at Two Amigos. During the meeting, Marcia Dixon showed KIP survey results on a projector and discussed the current standing with students of Knox County.

by Michaela Miller

“Alcohol use was rated number three and in past survey’s it was rated number 2,” said Marcia Dixon during a presentation showing KIP student survey results at the Unite meeting on Monday. The decrease of the use of alcohol was a positive statistic shown throughout the results, as in the past alcohol use was one of the main problems.

The KEP survey consisted of questions about drug and alcohol use, how students obtain it, and how many times they have abused the said drug. The survey was only for sixth, eighth, tenth and twelve grade students in the county.

“As the age increases, the use increases,” said Dixon of the apparent pattern with the results. The percentages of students increased with age when being asked if they have ever used a certain substance, as twelfth grade was the highest.

“These percentages are showing lower than what I would see as a counselor in the schools,” said Dixon. Dixon spoke of prior experience with drug problems in schools and addressed the results may not be the best way to know of problems.

Dixon concluded her presentation so the meeting could address new business.

Claudia Greenwood of Operation Unite announced the following upcoming events:

  • Next Unite meeting Tuesday, June 2
  • Hooked on Fishing Thursdays May 14, 21, 28, 5:30-7:30
  • Soccer Camp in July
  • Operation Unite 10th anniversary May 23
  • National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 7 – Community prayer service at noon in front of court house
  • Ken-duck-y Derby on June 13