Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Student Survey.Report as inadecuate

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In the spring of 1996, the Nevada State Department of Education conducted its fourth biennial survey to assess drug and alcohol attitudes and use among students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12. Issues of safety, violence, and school climate, as well as participation in school-based prevention programs, were also assessed. The survey results are reported here. Surveys were administered to a random sample of students (N=7,415). Findings indicate that drug and alcohol use are on the rise among the state's students and that a substantial proportion of youth are engaging in anti-social and unsafe behaviors. Alcohol remained the number one drug of choice for students at all four grade levels; cigarette smoking ranked second in popularity. Since 1994, marijuana use has nearly tripled among sixth graders and its usage has increased at other grade levels also. Anti-social behaviors were on the upswing with one out of four students in grades 6 and 8 admitting involvement in at least one physical fight on school property during the 12 months prior to the survey. Nearly 1 in 10 students reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the last year. (RJM)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Alcohol Abuse, Children, Drinking, Grade 10, Grade 12, Grade 6, Grade 8, Illegal Drug Use, Intermediate Grades, Marijuana, Secondary Education, Smoking, Student Behavior, Student Surveys, Substance Abuse

Author: Soule, Penelope P.; Sharp, Joyce


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