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Title: Monitoring the Future: National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2001 Volume I: Secondary School Students
Author(s): Lloyd D. Johnston Ph.D.; Patrick M. O'Malley Ph.D.; Jerald G. Bachman Ph.D.
Corporate Author: University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research
United States of America
Date Published: August 2002
Page Count: 526
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
National Institutes on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892
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University of Michigan
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Grant Number: R01 DA 01411
Publication Number: 02-5106
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National Institutes on Drug Abuse
Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research
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United States of America
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document reports on the results of the 2001 national survey of drug use and related attitudes and beliefs among American high school and college students.
Abstract: By the end of eighth grade, nearly 4 in every 10 American eighth grade students have tried an illicit drug (if inhalants are included as an illicit drug), and by twelfth grade, more than half have done so. By their late twenties, over three-fifths of today’s young adults have tried an illicit drug and 33 percent have tried some illicit drug other than marijuana. Today more than 1 in 7 young Americans have tried cocaine by the age of 30, and 8 percent have tried it by their senior year of high school. More than 1 in every 25 seniors has tried crack. Over 1 in every 16 high school seniors currently smokes marijuana daily. Among young adults aged 19 to 28, the percentage is slightly less. Nearly a third of all high school seniors had consumed five or more drinks in a row at least once in the 2 weeks prior to the survey. Such behavior tends to increase among young adults 1 to 4 years past high school. The prevalence of such behavior among male college students reaches 48 percent. Nearly one-third of high school seniors was a current cigarette smoker, and 19 percent already were current daily smokers. Despite improvement in the country’s drug situation between the late 1970's and the early 1990's, it is still true that secondary school students and young adults show a level of involvement with illicit drugs that is as great as has been documented in any other industrialized nation. There has been an emergence of new drugs whose hazards are virtually unknown. This includes the drug ecstasy (MDMA), Rohypnol, ketamine, and GHB. The drug problem requires an ongoing, dynamic response that takes into account the continuing generational replacement of children, the generational forgetting of the dangers that occur, and the perpetual additional tracking of new substances that can be abused. 94 figures, 129 tables, 5 appendixes
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use; National crime surveys; Underage Drinking
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Campus alcohol abuse; Crime surveys; Drug use; Surveys; Tobacco use
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