Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Youth Drug Use and Driving

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Passenger

According to the 2015 (OSDUHS), one-in-five (20% (17.3%, 23.3%)) Simcoe Muskoka students in Grades 7 to 12 reported riding as a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had been using drugs (other than alcohol) in the past year. This was similar to what was reported for the province overall, where 17% (15.8%, 19.1%) of students (Grades 7-12) reported riding as a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had been using drugs.

Riding as a passenger with someone that had been using drugs was significantly higher among students in Grades 11 and 12 when compared to students in Grades 7 to 10. This was true both for Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole.

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The provincial trend for students that reported being a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who had been using drugs has decreased significantly across the province since 2003. In 2017, 10% of students reported riding in a vehicle with a driver who had been using drugs, which as less than half of what was reported by students in 2003 (23%).

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In 2015, among Simcoe Muskoka students with a G-Class driver’s license, one-in-ten (10% (5.2%, 17.6%)), reported driving a vehicle after using cannabis in the past year. This was the same as what was reported by Ontario youth drivers.

The provincial trend for students that reported driving after using cannabis had been relatively stable between 1999 and 2005 before decreasing significantly afterwards. The 2017 estimate for driving after using cannabis among Ontario students was half of what was reported a decade earlier.

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