The July-Sept. 2012 Quarterly Indicator Report shows the following trends:
• Arrests of youths age 14-17 have been steadily declining, from 249 in 2007 to 81 for in 2012.
• There was only one DUI arrest of a youth age 14-17 in 2012. This is a dramatic decrease from 19 in 2005.
• Twenty middle-school students were disciplined for tobacco related offenses in 2012—the most since 2005.
• Tobacco-related hospital emergencies of youths age 14-17 have decreased steadily to 28 in 2012 from a high of 61 in 2010.
• Tobacco-related hospital emergencies of youths age 18-20 have decreased steadily to 112 in 2012 from a high of 209 in 2010.
• Drug-related hospital emergencies of youths age 14-17 and 18-20 have been increasing steadily since 2008.
Fights and Other Violent Behavior
• The number of middle-school and high-school students disciplined for fights and other violent behavior appears to have increased somewhat from last year.
• Arrests of all youths for family/partner assaults and violence have decreased dramatically since 2005.
If these trends captured your interest, you might enjoy the Youth Connections Evaluation Committee. Come join us at the next meeting at noon, Friday, February 22, at 800 E. Sixth Ave.