Age of onset, periods of risk, and patterns of progression in drug use among american indian high school students


A sample of 277 Native American students (grades 7 to 12) was surveyed to examine the age of onset, patterns of progression, and periods of risk for drug use. Results suggest that Native American youth begin smoking cigarettes and marijuana, drinking, sniffing solvents, and using cocaine as early as 10 years of age. The period of risk for initiation of drug use was between the ages of 10 and 13 years. Implications for drug use prevention-education programming are presented. © 1987 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

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Substance Use and Misuse