Category Archives: Marijuana use

Just posted to Website Data Resources: Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey and Data

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based program that gathers information on risk factors among Illinois adults 18 years of age and older through monthly telephone surveys. Established in 1984 as a collaboration between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments, the BRFSS has grown to be the primary source of information on behaviors and conditions related to the leading causes of death for adults in the general population.

To access the Illinois data, including state, strata, and county data from 1998-2021, please visit:


CPRD releases 2020 Illinois Youth Survey frequency reports for students in Illinois urban, suburban and rural areas

CPRD has recently released “Strata Reports” that report the frequencies for all variables covered in the Illinois Youth Survey for Illinois youth in 8th, 10th and 12th grades living in urban, suburban and rural areas.  CPRD was unable to produce the strata report for the City of Chicago that is typically released due to an inadequate sample size. CPRD was also unable to produce an overall statewide report also due to sample size limitations resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Review these strata reports here:

Reported data tables in each strata report are divided into six areas:

  • STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS includes demographic data and other information about the surveyed population.
  • DRUG PREVALENCE AND BEHAVIORS Includes substance use behaviors including type, frequency, consequences, and recovery.
  • DRUG USE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS Includes factors in students, their families, and their communities that may increase or reduce the risk of youth substance use disorder, such as access to substances and parental communication about expectations to not use drugs.
  • INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT, VIOLENCE AND DELINQUENCY includes experiences with violence and high-risk behaviors including bullying, fighting, and gambling.
  • ACADEMIC AND SCHOOL EXPERIENCES includes youth opinions of their academic experiences, their school environment, and engagement in youth activities.
  • MENTAL, SOCIAL, AND PHYSICAL HEALTH includes a variety of mental and physical health issues including thoughts about depression/suicide, nutrition, and physical activity (includes estimates of obesity).

For questions contact scott[at]cprd[dot]illinois[dot]edu

2019 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System data tables posted.

This is to announce that the 2019 Illinois Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) detailed data tables were just posted to the IDPH website. This is the fourth year of data collection using the Phase 8 version of the PRAMS survey.

The 2019 results are available by clicking the green “Select a year” button in the middle of the page available at  On the 2019 results landing page, a comprehensive set of charts is provided in the “2019 Illinois PRAMS Detailed Data Tables” link. There also are chart-specific hyperlinks allowing you to see the available charts and to view them individually.

Opioid supplement data collected from April 2019 through December 2019 are included in the results beginning on Table 81. These results replace the opioid results released earlier this year for the period April 2019 through August 2019.

As always, I am interested in your feedback on the data tables. I also am interested in knowing if you use the PRAMS data for education purposes, or for program or policy development that could be highlighted in a Data to Action report to the CDC. Please feel free to e-mail or call with your comments and feedback.

Thank you for your support of the PRAMS program!


Julie B. Doetsch, M.A.

Perinatal Health Data Manager

Illinois Department of Public Health

525 W. Jefferson St., 2nd Floor

Springfield, IL 62701

217-785-1064 ext. 5

Schedule: M-Th 7:30a–4:30p, Alternating Fridays 7:30a-3:00p / Off

New reports on maternal opioid and marijuana use from IDPH’s PRAMS survey

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) PRAMS project is an ongoing survey of women who recently delivered live born infants in Illinois. PRAMS collects state-level, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.

From April to December 2019, a 13-question opioid supplement was added to the PRAMS survey. These results are for those responding during April through August 2019 (n=527) and weighted using the corresponding five-month sampling frame.

In addition, from December 2017 through March 2019, a 12-question marijuana and drug use supplement was added to the PRAMS survey. These results are for the calendar year 2018 births. During 2018, a total of 2,175 recent mothers were sampled and 1,306 completed the PRAMS survey (weighted response rate 61%).

Detailed data tables and charts are available at:

2019 Maternal Opioid Use Fact Sheet_12-24-2020

Maternal Marijuana Use Fact Sheet 2018_1-19-2021

Prescription Opioid Misuse and Use of Alcohol and Other Substances Among High School Students — Youth Risk Behavior Survey, United States, 2019

To examine youth substance use trends and patterns, CDC analyzed data from the 2009–2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This report presents estimated prevalence of current (i.e., previous 30-days) marijuana use, prescription opioid misuse, alcohol use, and binge drinking and lifetime prevalence of marijuana, synthetic marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, injection drug use, and prescription opioid misuse among U.S. high school students. Findings highlight opportunities for expanding evidence-based prevention policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce risk factors and strengthen protective factors related to youth substance use, in conjunction with ongoing initiatives for combating the opioid crisis.

Prescription Opioid Misuse and Use of Alcohol and Other Substances Among High School Students — Youth Risk Behavior Survey, United States, 2019

COVID-19: Online and Remote Resources for Addiction Support

The following article published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, provides resources and support for those who may be struggling with various substance use disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The National Institute on Drug Abuse has put together information on the potential implications of this pandemic on those who struggle with substance use disorder. The social distancing that is required during this COVID-19 outbreak has put a strain on families impacted by addiction. Self-imposed isolation can disconnect us from the very tools that keep us resilient and strong, making us vulnerable to fear.”

COVID-19: Online and Remote Resources for Addiction Support

CPRD Releases New Report Comparing Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana Use

CPRD has just released “Youth Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana Use in Illinois” a White Paper report based on data from the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey based on information from over 11,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students. The report compares youth use, perceptions of these substances, sources, and consequences of use. Please see the report for more information.

Youth Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana Use in Illinois

For a FREE printed copy of this report or to request multiple printed copies, contact CPRD

Youth Substance Use in Illinois; A Data Visualization Tool to examine trends: 2008-2018

This newly developed interactive visualization allows you to look at trends in alcohol, tobacco, e-cig, marijuana and other drug use behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, sources and preferences.

Also, statistical data (not the raw data) can be downloaded to Excel, Powerpoint or other formats for your own use – note the share button on the lower right of the page.

Youth Substance in Illinois: 2008-2018. Interactive Trend data for 248 variables

CPRD presents study of youth marijuana use and medical marijuana dispensary locations at Research Society on Marijuana conference.

CPRD recently presented the results of research combining the Illinois Youth Survey results and data on marijuana dispensary locations around the state to examine whether dispensary locations may have an effect on increasing youth use of marijuana. Initial results, presented in the figure above, suggests no relationshipo or a very limited relationship if any. This subject probably warrants further research, especially as medical marijuana dispensaries are set to become recreational marijuana dispensaries as of July 1, 2020 in Illinois.

This research was recently presented at the Research Society on Marijuana Annual Conference in Vancouver, Washington.


Vermont SEOW releases updated report on marijuana use

Marijuana Regulation in Vermont: 2017 Literature Review Update

The “Health Impact Assessment:Marijuana Regulation in Vermont”(HIA) was a comprehensive stakeholder process that included a literature review of research published between 2009 to August 2015. The stakeholders identified 180 articles that addressed the effects of marijuana use across several physical, mental, and social health domains. In an effort to update that review, the Health Department searched peer-reviewed research studies and literature reviews/meta-analyses published between August 2015 and January 2017 and identified an additional 180 articles pertinent to the topic.This update to the HIA supports the conclusions from the original work: early and persistent use of marijuana can cause long-term adverse effects across several health domains. Of particular concern is the robust relationship between early use and the development of psychotic symptoms especially among those who consume very high potency marijuana.

The PDF report can be found here: