skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 118486 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Drug Traffic and Abuse in Schools: NSSC (National School Safety Center) Resource Paper
Corporate Author: National School Safety Ctr
Pepperdine University
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: National School Safety Ctr
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 85-MU-CX-0003
Sale Source: National School Safety Ctr
Pepperdine University
4165 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Suite 290
Westlake Village, CA 91362
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The incidence of drug abuse in schools, student attitudes toward the problem, and drug abuse prevention and intervention programs are discussed.
Abstract: The 1988 National High School Senior Survey reported that drug use by this group is at its lowest level since the survey began in 1975. Although this downward trend is encouraging, the survey determined that drug abuse by high school students is still a problem. More than half of America's teenagers have used drugs at least once before they finish high school, and more than one-third have used drugs other than marijuana. One out of every eight high school seniors have tried cocaine before they graduate. Nine of 10 seniors have experienced alcohol, and nearly one in five seniors is a daily cigarette smoker. Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug, with 47 percent of students reporting some use in their lifetime. A 1988 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that a majority of high school seniors perceive regular illicit drug use as being dangerous or posing great risk. The right and duty of school officials to enforce the law on drug use in schools has been addressed in major court decisions dealing with student searchers; a related issue that may eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court is drug testing. Besides obvious health and legal considerations, drug and alcohol abuse often leads to other problems such as truancy, crime, and violence. Drug abuse prevention strategies should encompass information and education projects, clear and consistent school policies, and school-community relations. Drug abuse intervention strategies should include family-oriented programs, parent support groups, ongoing school involvement with community resources, educator involvement with parent groups, and school board policies. Drug and alcohol prevention programs are noted, and media clippings on the student drug abuse problem are provided.
Main Term(s): Drug abuse education
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment programs; Students
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.