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Drug and Alcohol II
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Where Are We Now? Key point: It is extremely difficult to determine the extent of the problem now Again, there is difficulty determining what a drug is Difficulty getting information Most of it is illegal Depends on peoples willingness to be honest Depends on reaching people who are out of the mainstream of society » Homeless » School dropouts
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Table 1.1 Key points: Most college students have used alcohol within the last 30 days Almost half tried marijuana at some point Routine use of anything other than cigarettes is relatively rare
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Figure 1.1 Marijuana use ’74-’04 Studied 12 th graders Evaluated usage, risk and availability
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Fig. 1.1 Trends: Usage was lowest in the mid to late 80’s Students saw risk to be the highest at the same time that usage was the lowest Availability did not change throughout What can we learn? Making drugs less available has less effect on usage than does raising concerns about risk.
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Table 1.2 Compares gender, ethnic groups and education of 18-25 year olds (the highest user group) Trends
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