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NCJ Number: 166034 Find in a Library
Title: Survey of Drug Abuse Among Maryland Adolescents, 1982: General Report
Corporate Author: Macro Systems, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 85
Sponsoring Agency: Macro Systems, Inc
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Maryland Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene
Baltimore, MD 21201
Sale Source: Maryland Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Admin
201 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A fall 1982 survey gathered information on juvenile drug use in Maryland.
Abstract: The research used a sampling plan similar to the one used in 1978 and 1980 and gathered information from 18 of the State's 24 subdivisions. The survey was self-administered in large group settings in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. Results were used to develop statewide estimates. Results revealed that drug abuse among these youths declined gradually between 1978, 1980, and 1982. However, the severity of the problem remains. Major findings included an upward trend among adolescents of all ages in the current use of a wide variety of individual drugs, an increase in the percentage of frequent users of most individual drugs, and an increasing trend in the average number of drugs per user. Thus, while fewer adolescents report current use of any drug in 1982 as compared with 1978 and 1980, those who are current users are involved with a broader range of drugs. These drug use patterns are consistent with nationwide trends. In addition, adolescents reporting failing grade averages in school reported greater percentages of current drug use than did those reporting excellent grades; adolescents with greater amounts of weekly spending money reported greater percentages of current drug use than did those with less available funds. Finally, adolescents reporting frequent use of any drug were more likely than others to report experiencing drug-related problems. Tables, figures, footnotes, and appended instrument and weighting factors for each jurisdiction
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Maryland
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