Colorado's teens top the nation in depression, and its young people drink, smoke and use dangerous drugs more often than their counterparts in most other states, a federal study shows.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report is based on responses by 136,000 people to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
It shows a sharp contrast between the relatively good scores on substance abuse and mental health enjoyed by Coloradans older than 25 and the poor scores by the young.
"We see a lot of teens that are depressed," said Mary Thornton, director of family services at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health.
"I'm not overly surprised" by Colorado's No. 1 ranking, she said, noting that Colorado in past years sometimes has ranked No. 1 in teen suicides.
Rocky Mountain News