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PA Youth Survey
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The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) is a nationally recognized tool, administered in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The PAYS gives us key data points on which to draw sound conclusions and determine a community wide approach to addressing the most influential risk and protective factors impacting our youth today.
Find Facts and Strategies to address specific topics.
Wondering how to tell if your child may be using drugs or alcohol? Check out SAMHSA.gov
A Case for Waiting
25 and older (20%)
Age of First Time Substance Use for those Admitted for Treatment
age 18-24 (31%)
under 18 (49%
Source: SAMHSA 2017 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)
Because almost 50% of those in treatment for addiction, started before age 18.
Because the teen brain is not fully developed until the mid 20's
“Data are just summaries of thousands of stories." — Chip & Dan Heath
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