Drug use is prevalent among young people. In 1994, almost half of all high school students (46%) tried at least one illicit drug, such as marijuana, hallucinogens, cocaine, or stimulants. Furthermore, 80% tried alcohol, 63% cigarettes, and 31% smokeless tobacco. The quantity or level of drug use is also a concern. More than one out of every ten youth (11.2%) are smoking a half a pack of cigarettes or more each day and 28% of seniors have gotten drunk within the past month. Drug use is also occurring at an earlier age. By eighth grade, 50% of students have tried alcohol and half of these students (26%) have gotten drunk at least once; 46% have tried cigarettes, 30% smokeless tobacco, 20% inhalants, 17% marijuana, and more than one third (35%) have tried at least one illicit drug.


Resistance Training Smokeless Tobacco Drug Prevention Program Youth Skill Training Program 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph A. Durlak
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  1. 1.Loyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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