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Positive Social Norms Campaign

Local survey data refutes the myth that most students regularly use alcohol & drugs.
SRSLY Manchester has launched its 4th annual Positive Social Norming Campaign: SRSLY? Check Your Stats. The campaign uses data to challenge the misconception that a majority of teens regularly drink alcohol, use tobacco, smoke marijuana, and abuse prescription medications.
By providing teens with the facts about how many of their peers are actually using, SRSLY Manchester hopes teens feel less pressure to use substances.
SRSLY? Check Your Stats is intended to educate both adults and youth in the community using data from the 2018 Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth Survey (MiPHY).  The survey is conducted every two years through the Michigan Department of Education with students in grades 7, 9 and 11.
The 2018 Manchester School District MiPHY survey results on high school drug use in the past 30 days show the following:

  • 83% of students have not consumed alcohol
  • 90% have not used marijuana
  • 95% have not abused prescription drugs
  • 98% have not used tobacco

The 2018 Manchester  MiPHY data on middle school use in the past 30 days show the following:

  • 99% of students have not consumed alcohol
  • 99% have not used marijuana
  • 94% have not abused prescription drugs
  • 99% have not used tobacco

SRSLY Manchester partnered with Project Success to create posters to share each of these data points with students and the community. Posters will be on display in Manchester Middle & High School as well as around the community.
The MiPHY data also shows that 2 out of 3 Manchester students have a friend committed to being drug free and that 86% disapprove of their peers using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs.
By looking at MiPHY data over the years, it is clear that youth substance use in Manchester continues to decline. Since 2010, the number of Manchester students consuming alcohol within the past 30 days has dropped by 19%.  Within the same timeline, marijuana use has decreased by 43%, prescription drug abuse decreased by 12%, and use of tobacco products decreased by 80%.