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NCJ Number: 169241 Find in a Library
Title: Marijuana Is Teenagers' Drug of Choice; Methamphetamine Use Is Spreading (From Illegal Drugs, P 25-34, 1998, Charles P. Cozic, ed. - See NCJ-169238)
Author(s): C S Wren; D Sneider
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Interviews with teenagers in Massachusetts and New York and investigation of activity in Potter Valley, CA, provided information on use of marijuana and methamphetamine.
Abstract: Interviews with 30 teenagers in New York and Massachusetts found that the young people view marijuana as an acceptable drug that is often easier to obtain than beer or cigarettes. They attribute their drug experimentation, which in some cases is accepted and condoned by their parents, to curiosity, rebelliousness and the need for social acceptance. Few teens took antidrug advertising campaigns seriously. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive synthetic amphetamine that is cheap and easy to make. The death of a teenage girl in Potter Valley, CA, and the search for her killer led police to a network of users and producers and disclosed close links between addiction and child abuse, including sexual abuse. The drug has spread from California to become more commonly manufactured and used in the rural Southwest and Midwest. Problems with methamphetamine are particularly acute in rural areas, where its use is concentrated and there are few resources to deal with the problem.
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Amphetamines; California; Data collections; Drug abuse education; Drug information; Juvenile drug use; Juveniles; Marijuana; Parental influence
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