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Maryland Adolescent Survey Results to Be Released

Release Date: 2/11/2009 8:17:15 AM

Carroll County’s results from The Maryland Adolescent Survey (MAS) will be released at a news conference on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Room 007 of the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster.
Representatives from Carroll County Public Schools, Junction, the Carroll County Health Department, the Department of Juvenile Services, the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, and The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County will be available to discuss the survey results. Students from the nine middle schools and seven high schools in Carroll County were included in the survey. 
The Maryland Adolescent Survey is conducted periodically to determine the nature, extent, and trend of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use (ATOD) by youth across the state. “The 2007 Maryland Adolescent Survey (MAS) presents the latest findings regarding ATOD use by Maryland’s adolescents and compares State and local findings with national findings and trends.” (MAS report) A random sampling of youth in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 were asked questions about their non-use or use of a variety of substances, their knowledge about the substances, the availability of those substances both in and outside of the school setting, the perceived risk of the dangers of drug use, and the attitudes and rules of their family and friends.
This survey is both voluntary and anonymous for students. Parents are given the opportunity to review the survey prior to its arrival in the schools and they can elect not to have their child participate.
The Maryland Adolescent Survey was administered in December 2007 to 33,057 public school adolescents in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 throughout Maryland. All counties and Baltimore City participated in this survey. The overall response rate for the state was 84%, meaning that 84% of those surveys were returned.

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