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Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy

, 6:16

First Online: 11 July 2011Received: 12 April 2011Accepted: 11 July 2011DOI: 10.1186-1747-597X-6-16

Cite this article as: Hu, X., Primack, B.A., Barnett, T.E. et al. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 2011 6: 16. doi:10.1186-1747-597X-6-16


BackgroundK2 or -spice- has emerged as a popular legal alternative to marijuana among adolescents and young adults. However, no data has been published assessing prevalence of and associations with ever K2 use in any population. This study-s aims were to examine prevalence of ever K2 use among a sample of college students, to determine characteristics of persons who use K2, and to access the association between K2 and other drug use.

FindingsEver use of K2 was reported by 69 8% of the sample of 852 college students. Response rate was 36%. Bivariate and multivariate analyses assessed whether sociodemographic characteristics and other drug use were associated with ever use of K2. Ever use of K2 was reported by 69 8% of the sample. Among these 69 individuals, 61 88% had used a cigarette and 25 36% had used a hookah to smoke K2. In multivariate analyses, K2 use was more common in males vs. females, adjusted Odds Ratio aOR = 2.0, 95% Confidence Interval CI = 1.2-3.5, p = 0.01 and 1 or 2 year college students vs. 3 year or above, aOR = 2.4, 95% CI = 1.2-5.0, p = 0.02.

ConclusionsEver use of K2 in this sample was higher than ever use of many other drugs of abuse that are commonly monitored in adolescents and young adults. Although DEA had banned five synthetic cannabinoids recently, clinicians and public health officials concerned with substance abuse in youth should be aware of and monitor the use of this drug in college students over time.

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Autor: Xingdi Hu - Brian A Primack - Tracey E Barnett - Robert L Cook


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