Alabama high school students say they use tobacco products and a variety of illegal drugs at higher rates than the nationwide average, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control.
The CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report is issued annually and focuses on six priority health-risk behaviors. The 2013 data was gathered through a survey issued to high school students at public and private schools across the country. Alabama is one of 42 states that participates in the survey.
While the data is vulnerable to the honesty of survey takers, it still provides important information on prevalence of drug use among youths.