ERIC Number: ED411478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Alcohol and Other Drug Use among Nevada Students, 1994.
Soule, Penny; Fitzgerald, Michael
In the fall of 1993, the Nevada Department of Education conducted its third biennial survey to assess drug and alcohol attitudes and use among students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12. The results of this survey are reported here. All of the state's school districts were represented by the 9,401 students participating. The survey findings are summarized according to five categories of risk factors: individual, peer, school, family, and community. Results show that regardless of grade level, alcohol is still the drug most widely used by students. More than one third of 6th graders and 8 in 10 students in 12th grade reported consuming beer, wine, or hard liquor at least once in their lifetime. However, self-reported use of alcohol dropped at all four grade levels since the last survey. This drop was not true in other areas and student responses indicate a rise in smoking. Use of other drugs, such as marijuana and inhalants, were also on the rise, although regular marijuana use is uncommon, and experimentation with cocaine is also infrequent. Findings suggest that peer factors, including peer use of substances, positive peer attitudes toward substance use, and greater reliance on peers than family, increase the risk of substance use/abuse. (RJM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada