ERIC Number: ED082257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
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Dissemination of Drug Related Information. Drug Abuse Information Research Project.
Hanneman, Gerhard J.
Much information about drug abuse and other controversial social problems comes from sources other than radio, television, or the press. In addition to private and government agencies that provide "walk-in" services and responses to correspondence, there are special telephone hotline services that give information on topics such as drugs and psychological problems. Other sources of drug-related information are friends, relatives, doctors, and other professionals. A test sample composed of 407 University of Connecticut students, was polled to determine students' habits of seeking information about drug abuse. The resulting data indicated: (1) that friends provide initial awareness about effects of marijuana and amphetamines, but the mass media account for great awareness about other drugs; (2) that information seekers prefer friends and professional sources over government agencies; (3) that friends are the single most popular source of information about marijuana, but professional and quasi-professional sources are preferred for information about other drugs; and (4) that friends are the most convenient source of drug abuse information. (RN)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Communication Research Program.