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Illicit Drug Use in a Community-Based Sample of Heterosexually Identified Emerging Adults

NCJ Number
232058
Journal
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse Volume: 19 Issue: 4 Dated: September-October 2010 Pages: 300-308
Author(s)
Perry N. Halkitis; Ashley N. Manasse; Karen C. McCready
Date Published
September 2010
Length
9 pages
Annotation
This study assesses lifetime and recent drug use patterns among 261 heterosexually identified 18- to 25-year-olds through brief street intercept surveys conducted in New York City.
Abstract
Marijuana, hallucinogens, powder cocaine, and ecstasy were the most frequently reported drugs for both lifetime and recent use. Findings further suggest significant differences in lifetime use along the lines of gender, race/ethnicity, and school enrollment for various drugs. Males reported using significantly greater numbers of different drugs compared to females, as did those not enrolled in school compared to school enrollees. These data suggest that illicit drug use in emergent adulthood does not develop in a monolithic manner and synergies must be considered in relation to gender, school enrollment, and employment that first surface in the child and adolescent developmental stages. In addition, primary prevention efforts targeting child and adolescent drug use may mitigate the emerging adult and lifetime substance use. Tables and references (Published Abstract)