Vice Squad
Monday, January 19, 2004
College Kids These Days

If you think that today's collegiate youth are more drug obsessed than they
were a few years ago, well, you're right. Or at least that is one moral that
can be taken from "Trends in Marijuana and Other Illicit Drug Use Among
College Students: Results from 4 Harvard School of Public Health College
Alcohol Study Surveys: 1993-2001," by M. Kuo, JE Lee, and H. Wechsler.
The abstract is available at the very useful College Alcohol Study
website maintained by the Harvard School of Public Health. Here's a
snippet from the abstract: "The results indicate that the percent of past
30-day, past-year, and lifetime marijuana users increased significantly
between 1993 and 2001 (from 13% to 17%, 23% to 30%, and 41% to 47%,
respectively), with most of the increase occurring between 1993 and 1997.
The past 30-day and past-year use of other illicit drugs also increased from
4% to 7% and from 11% to 14%, respectively."

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