Surveys and Data on Illinois Youth Substance Use

Illinois Youth Survey

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has funded the administration of the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) biennially since 1990. The IYS is a self-report survey administered in school settings and is designed to gather information about a variety of health and social indicators including substance use patterns and attitudes of Illinois youth.


Youth Substance Use in Illinois: 2008-2018. 

This Tableau-driven, data visualization tool allows you to explore trends in youth alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarette, marijuana and other drug use behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, sources and preferences. Based on the  Illinois Youth Survey, a bi-annual, survey of Illinois youth in 8th, 10th and 12th grades.



Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.


Monitoring the Future

Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of Americans from adolescence through adulthood. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991). In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation. MTF is conducted at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.