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NCJ Number: 212754 Find in a Library
Title: DEWS Investigates: Identifying Maryland Public School Students Who Have Tried Multiple Drugs
Corporate Author: Ctr for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
United States of America
Date Published: June 2005
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
College Park, MD 20740
Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention
Baltimore, MD 21286-3016
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: BYRN-2004-1207
Sale Source: Ctr for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
University of Maryland
4321 Hartwick Road
Suite 501
College Park, MD 20740
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined drug use patterns among Maryland students and identified indicators for youth at risk for multiple drug use.
Abstract: The Maryland Adolescent Survey (MAS) has been conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education since 1973 to track the drug use trends of its students. Data from the 2002 MAS were used to examine the prevalence of multiple drug use, the combinations of drugs most often used, and the possible indicators of multiple drug use among students. Almost 34,000 students in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades completed the 2002 survey. The findings suggested that approximately 69,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders had ever tried 2 or more drugs during 2002. The most commonly used substances included alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana; most students used these three drugs exclusively. Approximately 24 percent of students had used less common substances; these students were likely to have used 5.5 different drugs. Researchers concluded that youths who abuse any drug other than alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana should be identified as high risk for multiple drug use and should be appropriately screened and monitored. Tables, figures, footnotes
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use; Trend analysis
Index Term(s): Maryland; Students; Surveys
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