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NCJ Number: 134481 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Licit and Illicit Drugs by Junior and Senior High School Students in Rural Communities: 1990
Journal: Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal  Volume:24  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1991)  Pages:125-130
Author(s): K W Hindmarsh; E E Opheim; S Porter
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The results of a survey of drug use by 6,093 junior and senior high school students in rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba are presented for a 12-month period between July 1989 and June 1990.
Abstract: The Parent Resources and Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE) Canada questionnaire was used in the survey, and results were compared with a 1988 survey of western Canada and northwest territories and with other Canadian studies. A small decrease in the use of licit and illicit drugs is seen since 1988. However, major differences were evident between the two populations studied: junior and senior high school students. Marijuana, cocaine, uppers, and hallucinogen usage is lower than that reported for other parts of Canada, although inhalant and downer use is slightly higher than those reported for some other parts of the country. The use of licit drugs, cigarettes and alcohol, is similar or higher than previously reported. A high proportion of junior high students (30.6 percent) smoke and drink alcohol, over 50 percent drink beer and wine, and 39.7 percent use liquor. Nearly 75 percent of the senior high school students report having used alcohol, while 42.7 percent report using cigarettes. This study provides basic information about drug usage in rural communities required for the initiation of drug prevention programs. 2 tables and 6 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse; Students
Index Term(s): Canada; High school education; Rural area studies
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