Lorain County Residents Are Drunk and High

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OK, that might be a bit of an overstatement. But not totally. It's just that Lorain County folks are drunker and higher than people in other places.

The Chronicle Telegram reports on a study that surveyed drug and alcohol use. The target demographic — 18-25 year-olds — were asked about marijuana, booze, and narcotics, but were not required to pee in a cup, so this was mainly on the honor system, albeit the anonymous honor system.

Results showing a population more inclined to toke and sip means Lorain County will receive $484,500 over the next three-plus years to address the users and abusers who call the county home.

A study of people ages 18 to 25 in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties show that 19.25 percent reported marijuana use in the past 30 days versus the state average of 16.74 percent, according to Georgas.

The study showed 66.65 percent of the age group in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties reported alcohol use in the past 30 days compared to the statewide average of 65.62 percent.

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In September as part of the Communities That Care initiative, Dr. Andrew Garner of University Hospitals gave a speech on the adolescent brain, saying that young people turn to unhealthy ways to cope including alcohol and drugs, but it only makes their lives more difficult.

The earlier that young people start negative behavior, the more likely it is to become an addiction that leads to disease, disability and early death, Garner said.

So, since we're older than 25 and beyond hope, we can keep drinking, right?

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