Local, State, & National

DeKalb & Rockdale

3% ↓

According to the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS), in the past 30-days of taking the survey, alcohol use decreased by 3% from 2018 to 2019 in DeKalb County. There was also a slight decrease in Rockdale County.


  • 85% of the youth in DeKalb County has never used marijuana
  • 100% of the youth in Rockdale County who had taken the survey had never used marijuana


Local data states that 89% of youth in Rockdale County has never used alcohol

85% of the youth in DeKalb County has never used alcohol



90% of the youth in Savannah do not engage in substance use or abuse


About 16% of the WTOC viewers in the City of Savannah stated the message helped change their thoughts and views regarding substance abuse among youth

73 Individuals

73 individuals and counting have been provided factual information regarding the dangers of smoking tobacco and they have been provided information to the QUIT HOTLINE



79% of youth surveyed in Upson County has never used alcohol in their lifetime


According to Upson County individuals, 93% of the positive messaging has helped change their thoughts and views about underage drinking and substance abuse among youth


85% of the youth in Upson County do not use marijuana and never has in their lifetime

National Data

The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens administers an annual survey for teen drug use. These surveys are taken each year by more than 42,000 teens in over 400 schools. The surveys are given to 8th, 10th, and 12th graders regarding their behaviors, attitudes, and values on drug use.

Although cigarette smoking has shown a significant decline among youth, the progress that has been made over the past 10 years may be threatened by the incline in vaping among youth.

Teens in grades 8th, 10th, and 12th are vaping at high levels of 1.9%, 6.9% and 11.7% daily. Within the past month of taking the survey, these youth had vaping percentages of 9.6%, 19.9%, and 25.5%.

There was a significant increase in daily use of marijuana among 8th and 10th graders; however, over the past year, marijuana use among teens has been steady.

There has been a long-term decrease in alcohol use and binge-drinking among teens in grade 8th, 10th, and 12th. These declines are very significant, which demonstrates amazing progress.

Between 2017 and 2018, there was an increase in vaping among young adults (aged 18-22). There were significant increases in college students and non-college adults. Vaping increased from 6.1% to 15.5% among college students and from 7.9% to 12.5% among non-college young adults.


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DeKalb County/
Rockdale County

990 Iris Dr. SW Ste 301,
Conyers, GA 30094
(770) 285-6037

Upson County

310 N. Church St. Ste C
Thomaston, GA 30286
(706) 938-6100

City of Savannah

5618 White Bluff Rd. Ste B,
Savannah, GA 31405
(912) 335-8332