Previous Chapter Chapter 33: Prevention of Substance Abuse Among ethnic Minority Youth

A. Kathleen Burlew, Tonya Hucks, Randi Burlew & Candace Johnson

In: Handbook of Racial & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Chapter 33: Prevention of Substance Abuse Among ethnic Minority Youth

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Prevention of Substance Abuse Among ethnic Minority Youth
Prevention of substance abuse among ethnic minority youth

Drug use among adolescents continues to be a national concern. The percentage of high school seniors who acknowledged that they had tried an illicit drug increased from 55% to 66% between 1975 and 1981 (Johnston, O'Malley, & Bachman, 2000). After a decline to a low of 41% by 1992, the rate rose again to 54% by 1997 and has remained at that level (Johnston et al., 2000). The specific drugs with the highest percentage of youth reporting lifetime use in 2000 are alcohol (80.3%), marijuana (48.8%), cigarettes (62.5%), smokeless tobacco (23.1%), and amphetamines (15.6%) (Johnston et al, 2000). Moreover, the age of first use is lowering. As many as 20% ...

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