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NCJ Number: 156809 Find in a Library
Title: Extent of the Drug Abuse Problem
Author(s): M A Mathiasen
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Publication Number: NICI Information Paper 95-2
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This information paper summarizes data published by several sources to define the drug abuse problem through surveys and statistical data.
Abstract: Although surveying agencies vary slightly in reported data, overall drug use which had been decreasing in the 1980's appears to be increasing in the 1990's. Notably, perceptions that drugs are harmless have increased among youth. The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) indicates that 11.7 million Americans used illicit drugs in 1993; 77 million Americans aged 12 years and older had tried drugs at least once, and marijuana was the most commonly used drug. Both the NHSDA and Monitoring the Future Study show an increase in drug abuse among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. The issue of drug legalization and the link between illegal drug use and educational status are discussed. Consideration is also given to the use of cocaine and other drugs during pregnancy, the need to educate children and youth at risk, gateway drugs (alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana), drug abuse costs to society, the link between drug abuse and health problems, the link between drugs and crime, and drugs in the workplace. 18 footnotes
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Cocaine; Drug abuse education; Drug effects; Drug legalization; Drug Related Crime; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Marijuana; Pregnant drug abusers; Substance abuse in the workplace
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