Fewer Teens Abusing Drugs, More Driving While Distracted

Mar 7, 2014

The Ohio Department of Health says fewer Ohio teens are abusing prescription painkillers and using heroin.

The department's 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows 13 percent of students reported using prescription painkillers at least once last year, down from 21 percent in 2011. The number of teens reporting they used heroin decreased from 3.1 percent to 2 percent. Department spokesperson Sara Lowe.

Lowe says a new survey question focused on distracted driving.

Lowe says the survey also shows not enough teens are eating the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables or getting enough daily exercise. But the survey also found the number of teens who smoke, drink or are sexually active is down.