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: 135855 Find in a Library
Title: Quantitative and Qualitative Changes in Cocaine Use Among American High School Seniors, College Students, and Young Adults (From Epidemiology of Cocaine Use and Abuse, 1991, P 19-43, Susan Schober and Charles Schade, eds. -- See NCJ-135854)
Author(s): P M O'Malley; L D Johnston; J G Bachman
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
Grant Number: DA-01411
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A large sample of American high school seniors, college students, and young adults was used to examine trends in cocaine and related attitudes and beliefs; dropouts and school absentees were excluded from this database.
Abstract: The survey results show that lifetime prevalence is a high 15 percent among high school seniors and about 20 percent for college student; prevalence is around 30 percent of young adults between the ages of 19 and 28 and reaches 40 percent for people in their late twenties. According to the findings, the rate of cocaine use is higher among males than females, higher in the West and Northeast regions than in the North Central and South, and much lower in rural than in urban areas. While there was a significant decline in cocaine use in 1986-1987, the use of crack cocaine is not decreasing at the same rate. This study does not represent inner city populations where the dropout rate is very high. 4 tables, 10 figures, 1 notes, and 6 references
Main Term(s): Cocaine; Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers; Young Adults (18-24)
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.