Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed data from the new military module of the 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey, finding that military youth in middle and high schools with a deployed parent or sibling, showed increased drug and alcohol use.  Lead author Tamika Gilreath and her colleagues call for additional community and school-based programs for these youth stating, “The potential for strain and the trauma associated with multiple deployments in the past 10 years of war seem to be driving this. People need to be aware that these experiences have an impact.” These findings are of particular relevance to the educators and community-based programs across North Carolina that provide services to the approximately 153,379 military-connected youth with immediate family members who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States since September 1, 2001.

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