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October 25, 2014

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Survey reveals student behavior regarding sex, pot, alcohol

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In this file photo, two unidentified high school students smoke a cigarette after class at a shopping center near their school in Miami. In Nevada, a survey of high school students found that 38 percent had smoked a cigarette. The survey also revealed teen behavior regarding sex, alcohol use and marijuana use, among other things.

CARSON CITY — A survey of high school students revealed that 43.1 percent had sex, 38.1 percent had tried marijuana and 67.3 percent had consumed alcohol.

Of those who were sexually active, 4.7 percent became pregnant or got somebody pregnant, the survey found.

The survey also found that 38 percent had smoked a cigarette and 15.7 percent had carried a weapon in the 30 days before the 2013 survey.

The results of the survey were released today by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. The study was conducted at 72 randomly selected high schools, with 3,928 students surveyed.

It found 11.5 percent of students surveyed were obese and another 14.9 percent were overweight.

“Data like this is invaluable because it shows us the prevalence of any negative health problems,” Nevada’s chief health officer, Dr. Tracey Green, said. “By guiding our youth into making positive choices early in life, we can build a healthier Nevada for future generations.”

The survey broke down the state into seven districts to get a representative sampling.

In Clark County, 40.2 percent of students surveyed had engaged in sexual intercourse, while the number was 60.3 percent in rural Mineral, Lyon and Storey counties.

According to the survey, 19.6 percent of students felt they were bullied on school property and 11 percent did not go to school at some point because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to school.

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