ERIC Number: ED273239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Drug Use among American High School Students, College Students, and Other Young Adults. National Trends Through 1985.
Johnston, Lloyd D.; And Others
Drug use and related attitudes of U.S. high school seniors from the graduating classes of 1975-1985 and young adults in their late teens and early- to mid-twenties were studied, as part of an ongoing research project. Eleven classes of drugs were assessed: marijuana (including hashish), inhalants, hallucinogens, cocaine, heroin, other natural and synthetic opiates, stimulants (amphetamines), sedatives, tranquilizers, alcohol, and cigarettes. Several subclasses of drugs were also covered: PCP and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), amyl and butyl nitrites, and barbiturates and methaqualone. Attention was focused on drug use at the higher frequency levels rather than whether respondents had ever used various drugs. Of concern were: age of first use; the seniors' own attitudes and beliefs; and the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of others in the seniors' social environment, including perceived drug availability. The use of non-prescription stimulants, including diet pills, stay-awake pills, and pseudo-amphetamines were also reported, along with cocaine use among young people. Findings include sex differences in drug use, differences related to college plans, regional differences, and differences related to population density. The implications of findings for prevention efforts were addressed. (SW)
Descriptors: Alcoholic Beverages, Attitudes, College Students, Drug Abuse, Drug Use, High School Seniors, High Schools, Higher Education, Illegal Drug Use, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, Marijuana, Narcotics, National Surveys, Sedatives, Smoking, Stimulants, Trend Analysis, Young Adults
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.
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