Champions for a Drug Free
Gallatin County believes that providing positive
opportunities and alternatives to substance use and
violence - including bullying - is an important first step
in creating a community where youth and their families can
be better prepared to succeed at every step of their
Are Your Footsteps Worth Following?
To increase the number of students in Gallatin County who believe drug use
is wrong and choose to make healthy choices for a positive lifestyle
To work with the community to reduce and prevent substance use and violence among youth and their families through collaboration with community partners
Most Pressing Issues
Increasing Substance Use
at the 8th grade level
Based on the results of the 2008 KIP survey, 8th graders are at the most risk of increasing substance use and other risky behaviors, like teen sex.
Students Using More
Nearly 70% of all 12th graders have used tobacco, alcohol or marijuana by the beginning of their senior year.
More than 30% of all 6th graders have used alcohol or cigarettes.
Students don't perceive the risk of using tobacco, alcohol or marijuana at levels high enough to reduce use. Fifty-six % of 12th graders say there is no or only slight risk in using alcohol, 31% in using marijuana
In Gallatin County:
• 97% of 6th graders say they have NEVER used marijuana
• 70% of 8th graders; 68% of 10th graders and 59% of 12th graders have NEVER used marijuana
• 82% of 6th graders have NEVER smoked tobacco
• 67% of 6th graders have NEVER used alcohol.
But There’s Still Work to Do
• 30% of 12th graders who have used marijuana have done so by the time they are 15.
• 68% of 12th graders have smoked cigarettes; the majority by the time they are 15.
• 51% of 12th graders have used alcohol; 66% of 10th graders have
• 43% of 12th graders have smoked cigarettes
• 19% of 12th graders have used smokeless tobacco
• 49% of 12th graders, 36% of 10th graders and 15% of 8th graders have used alcohol in the past 30 days.
• 14% of 12th graders, 11% of 10th graders and 12% of 8th graders have used marijuana in the past 30 days.
• 7% of 8th & 12th graders and 13% of 10th graders have used narcotics in the past 30 days.
Yes You Can
You can make a difference in someone else’s life. Whether it’s a child, teenager, adult or a friend, help someone close to you develop the assets they need to say “Yes!” to a positive lifestyle without drugs, alcohol or violence.