We use local survey data to correct misconceptions about local drug and alcohol use. We survey thousands of students in Grades 7-12 each year.
We identify the norms found within the survey data. Time and time again, the results show us that Elkhart County teens think their peers are using drugs and alcohol far more often than they really are.
Work with Students to Design Messages
Area youth help create our campaigns by designing and displaying posters and planning their own summer outreach projects with staff support.
Conduct Campaign and Outreach
Positively Elkhart County staff and volunteers educate students, teachers, and parents about the truth of teen substance use through classroom and community presentations and drug-free events (e.g., dances, sports games).
Most teens in Elkhart County are making positive choices about alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs.
However, many believe they are in the minority and their typical peers engage in substance use. What teens think about their peers’ behavior has a strong influence on their own choices.
Our surveys show that high school students who believe their typical peer uses drugs or alcohol are 2-3 times more likely to engage in use themselves.
Drinking in Past 30 Days
- When students believe their typical peers drinks 28% 28%
- When students know their typical peers do not drink 11% 11%
Marijuana Use in Past 30 Days
- When students believe their typical peers smoke marijuana 30% 30%
- When students know their typical peers do not smoke marijuana 8% 8%