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NCJ Number: 35644 Find in a Library
Title: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS - WORKSHOP - CONFERENCE ON VIOLENCE AND VANDALISM IN THE SCHOOLS, APRIL 29 - MAY 1, 1976
Author(s): R SINNETT
Date Published: 1976
Sponsoring Agency: Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Grant Number: 75-A-2788-1-A
Sale Source: Kansas State University
Division of Continuing Education
Manhattan, KS 66506
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE SPEAKER ON THIS TAPE, WHO HAS HAD EXPERIENCE IN KANSAS OPERATING DRUG INFORMATION CENTERS AND CONDUCTING STUDIES ON DRUG ABUSE, DISCUSSES THE VIOLENCE POTENTIAL OF DRUGS AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DRUG INFORMATION.
Abstract: DRUGS ARE RATED FOR THEIR VIOLENCE POTENTIAL FROM AMPHETAMINES (HIGH), TO ALCOHOL, BARBITUATES, NON-BARBITUATE SEDATIVES, MARIJUANA, AND HEROIN (LOW). IT IS POINTED OUT, HOWEVER, THAT THIS RANKING ONLY APPLIES TO DRUGS WHILE IN USE (HEROIN, FOR INSTANCE, IS INDIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ROBBERIES). PERSONALITY FACTORS AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES MAKE DRUG EFFECTS UNPREDICTABLE. OTHER MITIGATING INFLUENCES ARE SETTING, PEER PRESSURE, DOSAGE, TIMING, AND PURITY OF SUBSTANCE. ONE STUDY IS REPORTED THAT RATED THE SAFETY OF METHODS OF INGESTION BY USERS. SAFEST WAS SMOKING, THEN EATING, DRINKING, SNORTING (SNIFFING), AND SHOOTING (MOST DANGEROUS). USERS ALSO RATED THE RELATIVE HAZARDS OF DRUGS. VALIUM, ALCOHOL, ASPIRIN, AND HEROIN WERE RANKED FROM DANGEROUS TO LESS DANGEROUS, IN THAT ORDER. MUCH CRITICISM WAS FOUND TO BE DIRECTED AGAINST DRUG INFORMATION CENTERS, EVEN THOUGH ONE OF THE MOST PERSUASIVE ANTI-DRUG ARGUMENTS WAS FOUND TO BE THAT A DRUG WAS NOT ACTUALLY WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE (TRUE IN ABOUT ONE-HALF THE CASES). AS FAR AS DEALING WITH DRUGEXPERIENCED PEOPLE, IT WAS FOUND THAT THOSE PERSONS WHO HAD NOT REPORTED ANY DRUG EXPERIENCE WERE 'TRUSTING', WHILE THEIR EXPERIENCED COUNTERPARTS TENDED TO BELIEVE DRUG EXPERIENCES, FRIENDS WITH DRUG EXPERIENCES, AND DRUG SCENE 'GOSPEL' TO THE DETRIMENT OF LEGITIMATE AUTHORITY. A QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD FOLLOWS THE ADDRESS. FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES OF TAPES FROM THE VIOLENCE AND VANDALISM CONFERENCE, SEE NCJ-35621, 35623-35627, 35629-35635, 35637, 35638, AND 35640-35645.
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug effects; Drug information; School vandalism; Violence; Workshops and seminars
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