Rocky Mountain high

The good news is Coloradans may not be getting drunk as much as they were a few years ago, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health.

In fact, Colorado is the only state that showed a decrease in the percentage of survey respondents who say they are at risk for binge drinking, news reports said. The number dropped from 29.8 percent of those surveyed in 2006 to 25.8 percent

But, while binge drinking may be declining, smoking is not. Coloradans are lighting up more often, with tobacco and marijuana.

Colorado was one of seven states that showed a significant increase in the number of survey respondents who say they are likely to smoke pot at least once a month. And this was the only state to show an increase in the use of tobacco.

Additionally, Colorado was among the top four states in the country in the percentage of survey respondents who admitted to illicit drug use in the past month.

Clearly, anti-drug campaigns — such as the fight against meth in Mesa County — still have much work to do in Colorado.


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