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Rate of School Suspensions Related to Tobacco, Alcohol, or Drugs

Childhood and adolescence are critical periods for lifelong mental health. Although rates of alcohol and drug use among Oklahoma teens are not higher than those in many other states, these behaviors may be responses to psychological distress brought on by trauma or chaotic school or home environments. Further, students who repeatedly get in trouble at schools are likely to interact with the criminal justice system before they reach 18.