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Public Order Crimes - Middle And High School Drug Abuse Trends

graders 10th vicodin decline

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports the following key findings on drug trends among eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders for 2003:

  • The percentages of 8th- and 10th-graders using any illicit drug continued to decline and were at their lowest levels since 1993 and 1995, respectively.
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) use decreased in each grade, continuing a decline begun in 2002.
  • Marijuana use decreased significantly among 8th-graders.
  • Use of LSD, amphetamines, and tranquilizers was down among 10th- and 12th-graders; use of steroids, crack cocaine, and heroin was down among 10th-graders.
  • Use of OxyContin and Vicodin in the past year remained stable but at rates high enough to raise concern; Vicodin was the second most frequently reported drug among seniors, after marijuana.

(From http://www.nida.nih.gov/Infofax/HSYouthtrends.html)

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