Many Ohio high school students text and drive, survey shows

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Almost half of Ohio high school students text or email while driving, only one in five are eating their fruits and veggies every day, and an increasing number are playing video games for more than three hours a day, according to the Ohio Department of Health's most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey released Wednesday.

Yet the survey also revealed many positive areas, including a drop in smoking, drinking, binge drinking and the percentage of kids who had sex before age 13. The number of teens abusing prescription painkillers also dropped by almost half, from about 21 percent in 2011 to 12.8 percent last year.

"Ohio has made the fight on prescription opioids a priority and it is showing in the choices that our children are making," Lance Himes, interim director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), said in a news release. "While this is great news, there is still a lot of work to be done in physical nutrition and other risky behavior."

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