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ERIC Number: ED070985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 21
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Drug Abuse Knowledge and Attitudes in "Middle America".
McKee, Michael R.
This is a study of drug abuse attitudes and knowledge in "Middle America". A random sample of teachers, parents, police, mental health clinic workers, ministers, and high school students (both drug users and non-users) were interviewed and tested to ascertain their attitudes and knowledge regarding drugs. The findings are that drug users, in addition to being much more knowledgeable about drugs than non-users, encounter quite different problems related to drug use than non-users might imagine. Evidence indicates that users are very aware of the fallacy of considering "drugs" in a general, all-encompassing way, and instead make sharp distinctions between drugs. Non-users continually fail to do this. The report concludes that prevention and educational programs should take into consideration both a large attitudinal difference and a certain sophistication among drug users, even at the high school level. Particular problems and areas of ignorance are noted in order to aid in establishing more realistic, efficient, and effective organization, staffing, and operation of programs. (Author/WS)
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