Facts and Stats


Marijuana is not an appropriate substitute for opioids to relieve pain because research shows between 9 and 30 percent of users may develop some degree of marijuana use disorder, making some three times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

People addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to switch to heroin, which is cheaper, to continue their addiction.


Not everyone who smokes marijuana will become addicted—that depends on a whole bunch of factors, including your genes, the age you start using, whether you also use other drugs, your relationships with family and friends, success in school, and so on. Repeated marijuana use can lead to addiction, which means that people have trouble controlling their drug use and often cannot stop even though they want to. Research shows that about 9 percent, or about 1 in 11, of those who use marijuana will become addicted. Marijuana is linked to school failure and can cause negative effects on attention, memory, and learning that can last for days and sometimes weeks—especially if you use it often. Someone who smokes marijuana daily may have a “dimmed-down” brain most or all of the time. Compared with teens who don’t use, students who smoke marijuana tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school.


Drinking by underage persons (ages 12 to 18) in Sumner County has declined tremendously over the last 15 years. Current alcohol use by this age group declined from 35.0% to 18.2% between 2005 and 2020 while binge drinking declined from 20.8% to 8.7%.

According to the 2020 Kansas Communities That Care Student Survey, 84% of youth in Kansas reported that they had NOT consumed alcohol in the past 30 days and nearly 92% reported that they had NOT participated in binge drinking in the past month.

Drinking while underage comes with heavy consequences. Research indicates that alcohol use during the teenage years could interfere with normal adolescent brain development and increase the risk of developing Alcohol Use Disorder. In addition, underage drinking contributes to a range of acute consequences including injuries, sexual assaults, and even deaths. Protect yourself and others by joining the majority and don’t participate in underage drinking! It’s just not worth the risk.


Did you know that teen marijuana use has dropped dramatically since the late 1990s? So, if you were thinking everyone smokes marijuana, they don’t.

Statistics show that about 7 percent, or roughly 1 in 14 teens, report using marijuana in the past month. However, many teens do not consider marijuana to be a harmful drug. Some believe marijuana cannot be harmful because it is “natural.” But not all things that nature provides are good for you—take tobacco, for example, or rattlesnakes? Yikes!

Our goal is to give you the straight facts so you can make smart choices and be your best self—without drugs. And we hope you will continue the conversation and share this information with your friends, parents, teachers, and others!

       ENGAGE Communities, Families and Youth in partnership to reduce substance abuse

       EMPOWER Youth to make good decisions

       EDUCATE Community Members about prevention, awareness and programs


We strive to prevent and decrease drug use in our community.

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