ERIC Number: ED124085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May-17
Reference Count: N/A
The Scope of Entering Freshman Drug Use at the University of South Carolina. A Report of the Annual Entering Freshmen Drug Survey Conducted During Summer Orientation, 1975.
Fidler, Paul P.; Bucy, Eileen McGinity
The 1975 Entering Freshmen Drug Survey was administered during alternate weeks at Summer Orientation to obtain a representative sample. A false drug (derbisol) was included in the questionnaire as a validity check. A total of 848 students (28 percent of the freshman class) was surveyed. The data indicated a stabilization of drug usage for most drug categories when compared with previous surveys. The usage of alcohol, amphetamines, narcotics, tobacco, and tranquilizers had increased by negligible amounts since the 1974 survey; use of hallucinogens, barbiturates, cocaine, and marijuana/hashish had decreased by negligible amounts. Important sex differences were noted, with females reporting higher usage levels in seven of the ten categories while closing the gap in the other three drug categories. The data clearly demonstrate that substantial numbers of entering freshmen already have well-defined levels of usage of individual drugs and drug categories upon entering the University of South Carolina. It is recommended that the Freshman Drug Survey be administered every other year at Summer Orientation to enable the University to monitor the levels of drug usage of entering freshmen. (LBH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. Div. of Student Affairs.