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Title: Drug Use Among American High School Seniors, College Students and Young Adults, 1975-1990, Volume II: College Students and Young Adults
Author(s): L D Johnston; P M O'Malley; J G Bachman
Corporate Author: University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 182
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Grant Number: 3 R01-DA-01411
Publication Number: (ADM)91-1835
Sale Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5213
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This second volume of a two-volume report on a survey of drug use in America focuses on current and trend patterns for the use of specific illicit and licit (alcohol and tobacco) drugs by college students and young adults from 1975 through 1990.
Abstract: Following an overview of the key findings of the survey as a whole, the study design and procedures are described. A chapter on the prevalence of drug use among young adults provides a note on lifetime prevalence estimates and data on the prevalence of drug use in 1990 as a function of age, and prevalence comparisons for important subgroups (sex differences, regional differences, and differences related to population density). A chapter on trends in drug use among young adults addresses trends in prevalence through 1990 and trends for the important subgroups. Information on attitudes and beliefs about drugs among young adults focuses on the perceived harmfulness of drugs and personal disapproval of drug use. Information on the social milieu for young adults encompasses peer norms as perceived by young adults, exposure to drug use by friends and others, and perceived availability of drugs. Information on college students includes the prevalence of drug use among college students and trends in drug use among college students. Although data show that drug use among college students and young adults has decreased significantly in recent years, drug use in this population is still greater than can be found in any other industrialized nation in the world. Even by longer term historical standards in the United States, these rates remain extremely high; by their late 20's, more than 80 percent of today's young adults have tried some illicit drug other than marijuana. By age 27, 40 percent have tried cocaine. More than one in five young adults aged 19 to 28 is a daily smoker, and one in six (17 percent) smokes a half pack a day or more. 26 figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers; Tobacco use; Trend analysis; Underage Drinking
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