Members of the "Community Health Alliance of North Tonawanda" or "CHANT" use data to develop strategies to cut drug use.
According to results gathered from hundreds of 8th, 10 th and 12th graders in the North Tonawanda school district -- illegal prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana usage for those students is higher than the state average.
Results showed that 8 percent of eighth-graders said they had taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s approval -- which is almost triple eighth-graders in comparable schools across the state.
And marijuana use among North Tonawanda 8th graders is almost double the states 8 percent average.
“We all know breadth of the stats that we were providing but at this point we kind of had that mentality that need to do something about this we need to collaborate” Peggy Buckley told 7 Eyewitness News.