Survey finds tobacco, alcohol use down; depression, vaping up for Montana students

As students prepare for a new school year, Montana’s Office of Public Instruction wants parents and educators to be aware of new trends found in their recently published Youth Risk Behavior Survey .

The survey is conducted every two years and given to all Montana middle and high school students. Over 90% participated this year.

Dylan Klapmeier with the OPI says the survey targets six different focus areas.

“This is middle and high school students self-reporting the current climate that they’re in — that our schools are in,” said Klapmeier.

Some welcome trends were reported.

“Fewer of them are engaging in risky driving habits, fewer of them are using drugs alcohol and traditional tobacco,” he said.