ERIC Number: ED063872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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University Student Attitudes and Behavior Toward Drugs.
Horowitz, Joseph L.; Sedlacek, William E.
To investigate incidence and frequency of use of 8 drugs ranging from marijuana to LSD to heroin, 2 anonymous polls were administered to 2,141 incoming freshmen and returning students at the University of Maryland during the summer and fall of 1971. Students' reasons for using and not using drugs, students' attitudes toward legalizing, using, and selling drugs, as well as the University providing drug related services were also studied. Results indicate that less than half (47%) of the students have used any of the drugs and that evidence of heroin use is minimal (1%). Students use drugs and marijuana for the same reasons (to get high, feel good, and experience things more vividly). Students refrain from using marijuana because of either no desire or its illegality, but refrain from using drugs because of no desire and potentially harmful effects, both physical and psychological. Students' attitudes indicated strong support for increasing drug-related services at the University, and showed a greater distaste for selling drugs than using them and a greater distaste for hard drugs than for marijuana. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.