Ask almost anyone who is connected to Drug Free Charlotte County what is one of the greatest strengths of the coalition and the response will be: reporting data. Drug Free Charlotte County tracks available data specific to alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drug use among youth and presents updates to its coalition, community and throughout the State. Its strategic planning is centered on the logic model developed as a result of examining data.
The Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS) is implemented in Charlotte County every 2 years to provide the community with prevalence rates for tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Drug Free Charlotte County also conducts an annual Teen Norms Survey for middle and high school age teens. This survey provides near "real time" data for us to use in planning prevention strategies each school year.
From our 2016 Teen Norms Survey - we can say:
91% of Charlotte County Middle School age teens do NOT use alcohol
92% of Charlotte County Middle School age teens do NOT use marijuana
73% of Charlotte County High School age teens do NOT use alcohol
74% of Charlotte County High School age teens do NOT use marijuana
Download our 2016 Community Assessment
Progress has happened...but there’s a long way to go. Let’s keep it up!