2017 Washington County Speaks Survey Report
Here are some of the conclusions from the 2017 Washington County Speaks Survey conducted throughout Washington County. For the full report click here.
- Most adults tend to think youth drink alcohol primarily due to peer pressure and secondarily because they think it is a way to have fun.
- Most adults tend to think youth use tobacco products due to either peer pressure or parents who smoke and/or chew.
- Adults identify the primary reason for use of other drugs by youth as pressure from friends.
- A notable percentage of adults surveyed attribute use of ATODs to parents who use ATODs.
- Adults surveyed think youth get alcohol from older friends who buy it for them or from home.
- More than one of every three adults surveyed identify sources within the home as the primary way youth get alcohol.
- The predominant source of access to tobacco identified by adults is from older friends who buy tobacco products and give them to underage youth.
- Half of the adults surveyed believe youth get other drugs from their friends and schoolmates.
- Both adults and youth believe parental use has a lot of influence on whether or not youth use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
- A high percentage (85% to 95%) of adults have consistently said they believe adults should engage in a number of actions to reduce youth alcohol and drug use over the years the WCS-Adult survey has been administered.
- Nearly all adults are aware of the law related to purchase of alcohol.
- A small percentage (3.4%) of the adults surveyed said they would allow youth under 21 yrs. of age to have party where alcohol is served.
- The percentage of youth who say they have used alcohol or other drugs without discussing it with a parent, teacher, or counselor has declined over the past eight years.
- A smaller portion of the WCS-Youth Survey sample reported they know how to use their school’s Student Assistance program in 2017.
- The percentage of youth who are sure they can refuse alcohol if their friends offer it to them declined in 2017.
- The percentage of youth survey respondents who say use of alcohol, tobacco, and/or marijuana by their friends is not OK increased in 2017.
- A smaller percentage of the survey respondents believe “most kids my age” drink alcohol, use tobacco, and/or use marijuana than in past years.
- The percentage of all youth surveyed who say kids their age can get alcohol and marijuana declined in 2017.
- Smaller percentages of the youth surveyed in 2017 indicate kids their age use other drugs.
- Alcohol and marijuana are identified by most youth surveyed as the primary substances used by kids their age.
- 13.3% of underage youth responding to the survey say their parents allow them to drink alcohol if they know about it.
- 3.3% of the youth surveyed say their parents would allow them to have alcohol at a party if the parent was home.
- Findings from both the WCS-Youth Survey and the PA Youth Survey support a conclusion that alcohol use by underage youth is a significant problem in Washington County.
- The use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco declined in 2017; however, PAYS data indicates vaping and e-cigarette use by youth is a notable problem in Washington County.
Here are the highlights from the 2017 Gambling Survey which was done throughout our county. Click here for the full report.
- 58.6% of the adults responding to the WCS-Adult survey say they have gambled within the past year.
- Based on positive responses to one or more risk factors, there has been an increasing trend over the past six years in the percentage of adult survey respondents who may have a problem with gambling.
- In 2017, 8.2% of the adults surveyed reported at least one risk factor associated with problem gambling.
- The most prevalent types of gambling by adults are: purchasing scratch off lottery tickets and raffles or other gambling related activity sponsored by local organizations to raise funds.
- Nearly one in four (23.6%) of the adults surveyed in 2017 said they know someone who they think has a gambling problem.
- 12.7% of adults surveyed say they have been personally affected by the gambling of another person.
- 27.5% of the youth responding to the 2017 WCS-Youth Survey indicated they have engaged in some type of gambling during the past year.
- The percentage of youth survey respondents reporting different types of gambling through the WCS-Youth Survey has declined over the period 2011-17.
- 7.5% of the 2017 WCS-Youth Survey respondents said they have engaged in some form of gambling within the past 30 days.
- 36.0% of students completing the PAYS reported engaging in some form of gambling during their lifetime.
- 9.9% of the youth surveyed through PAYS report past 30-day gambling.
- Based on the PAYS findings, the most prevalent types of gambling by youth are buying lottery tickets and betting on games of skill.
- PAYS data indicates a small decline between 2015 and 2017 in the percentage of youth who reported gambling in the past year related to buying lottery tickets, betting on sporting events, betting on games of skill, and betting on table games.
- There was a small increase (0.8%) in the percentage of students who reported Internet gambling during the past year based on PAYS results.
- The PAYS data indicates a minimum of 4.9% of the students surveyed in 2017 may be at risk for problem gambling.
Please help us collect some data about Gambling in Washington County.
Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (WDAC) is assessing the extent of “problem gambling” in Washington County to develop strategies that might be effective in addressing this hidden problem in our community. We would like to have as many people as possible complete this short survey about gambling related activity. Your response to the survey is totally anonymous and will be combined with a large number of other responses to provide us with a picture of the overall types of gambling activity in Washington County.
To take the survey please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Gambling2018-19
Or to access it from your phone; use this QR code:
WDAC will be taking a bus to Harrisburg for the Recovery Advocacy Day on September 25, 2018 If you are interested in going reserve your seat by calling 724-223-1181 ext 110.
WDAC will be taking buses to the Pittsburgh Recovery Walk and you are welcome to join us. RSVP to Nicole asap. We look forward to you joining us!
National Take Back Initiative will take place this Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:
- City of Washington Police Department
- Chartiers Township Police Department
- Peters Township Police Department will be collecting at the following locations: Bible Chapel, Giant Eagle, Rite Aid and Heisler’s Market.
- Canonsburg Police Department will be collecting at Shop N Save in Canonsburg
- Mt. Pleasant Police Twp. at the Municipal Building.
However if you can’t make it that day, don’t worry please see the list of sites you can drop off your unwanted medications every day throughout the year listed on our website at Drug Disposal Sites .