ERIC Number: ED169856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Students and Drugs at NCSU: 1977-1978 Report.
Fuller, Earl H.
A survey conducted in 1977 at North Carolina State University on drugs was designed to measure usage rates for four types of drugs: marijuana, hallucinogens (such as LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin); amphetamines and barbituates; and narcotics (heroin, opium, and morphine). The questionnaire was also designed to determine student attitudes on selected drug-related issues and their general source of drugs and the location of and reasons for drug usage. Student background information was also obtained from the questionnaire items. Of the 815 undergraduate students randomly selected for study, 433 usable responses were obtained. Among the findings are that the group of students not using drugs had a higher average grade point average (GPA) than those using, while the group of former drug users had no lower average GPA than the group of students who have never used, and those using marijuana only had no higher average GPA than those involved with other drugs. Comparison of the 1977 survey with a 1971 survey reveals that across the undergraduate student body the percentage who have never used drugs declined from 60 percent to 46 percent; former drug users increased from 15 percent to 25 percent; marijuana-only users increased from 15 percent to 22 percent; and the percentage using drugs other than or in addition to marijuana declined from 10 percent to 7 percent. Additional findings and a sample questionnaire are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Drug Abuse, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, Marihuana, Narcotics, Questionnaires, Research Projects, School Surveys, State Universities, Statistical Data, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Div. of Student Affairs.