Using Data to

Support Our Work

Maine's substance use prevention professionals utilize several sources of to gather critical information on LGBTQ+ youth communities to implement evidence-based interventions &  programs. 


MIYHS is a bi-annual state-wide survey implemented in Maine schools. This tool is one of the primary sources for information on the health

risks & behaviors of Maine's youth. 

Substance Use Trends for
LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine 
  • 13% of LGBTQ+ students have smoked a cigarette at least once in the past 30 days, compared to 6% of non-LGBTQ+ students. 

  • 27% of LGBTQ+ students have drank alcohol at least once in the past 30 days, compared to 23% of non-LGBTQ+ students. 

  • 30% of LGBTQ+ students have used marijuana at least once in the past 30 days, compared to 21% of non-LGBTQ+ students. 

  • 13% of LGBTQ+ students have used inhalants to get high compared to 6% of non-LGBTQ+ students. 

  • 18% of LGBTQ+ students have used pain medication without a prescription or used differently than instructed compared to 10% of non-LGBTQ+ students. 

  • 8% of LGBTQ+ students have taken prescription drugs without a doctors prescription at least once in the last 30 days compared to 4% of non-LGBTQ+ students. 

  • 6% of LGBTQ+ students have used cocaine at least once compared to 3% of non-LGBTQ+ students. 

Statewide Data

 MPHA is the Maine's largest association for public health professionals since 1984. This organization provides leadership in public health, works to advance local, state & federal public health policy, promotes & provides public health training & education while recognizing model programs & public health leaders in Maine.

GLSEN is a national organization that focuses on conducting extensive resreach to provide evidence-based solutions for k-12 education for LGBTQ+ youth. Through advocating for policies that protect & decrease the marginalization of LGBTQ+ identities, GLSEN empowers students to create a thirving & safe learning experience for all LGBTQ+ youth.

LGTBQ+ SupportME


The LGBTQ+ SupportME Network holds virtual monthly meetings. Members include individuals & organizations that seek to prevent youth substance & tobacco use, support healthy eating & physical activity. 

The Network also focuses on increasing culturally competent prevention resources to engage & empower LGBTQ+ youth.


Anyone is welcome to join the Network

& participate in meetings.