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The Good and the Bad
Here is a selection of the report's findings:
- 87.5% of teen bicyclists rarely or never wear helmets.
- Nearly 10% of teens had been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Eight percent had been forced to have sex.
- One out of five students had been bullied at school.
- Nearly 16% of students had considered suicide, and nearly 8% attempted suicide in the previous 12 months.
- Eighteen percent of students said they had smoked cigarettes in the previous month. Twenty-three percent had smoked marijuana.
- Nearly 40% of teens report drinking alcohol recently, compared to 50% 10 years ago.
- One in five students had taken prescription drugs such as Ritalin and OxyContin without a prescription.
- One-third of students report being sexually active. Sixty percent of them use condoms. About 13% use no protection at all.
- Thirteen percent of students missed breakfast every day in the seven days prior to the survey.
- Just under 50% of students got 60 or more minutes of exercise five days a week.
- The number of teens who have had asthma rose from 18.9% to 23% between 2003 and 2011. About 12% say they have it now.
- About 11% of teens report regularly using sunscreen, while 13% have used an indoor tanning bed at least once over the past year.