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Table 6.  Percentage of students ages 12–18 reporting availability of marijuana, uppers, and downers at school during the previous 6 months, by selected student and school characteristics: 2003


  Marijuana   Uppers1   Downers2
Student or school characteristic Yes   No   Don't
know
drug
    Yes   No   Don't
know
drug
    Yes   No   Don't
know
drug
 
Total  33.0   56.4   0.3     13.9   67.8   2.7     13.9   66.8   3.5  
                                         
Sex                                         
Male  34.4   55.5   0.2 !   14.6   68.3   2.3     14.0   68.0   3.1  
Female  31.5   57.3   0.3 !   13.3   67.1   3.1     13.9   70.7   3.9  
                                         
Race/ethnicity3                                         
White, non-Hispanic  34.1   55.7   0.2 !   15.3   67.2   2.2     16.0   65.9   2.7  
Black, non-Hispanic  30.4   59.7       9.6   72.6   3.0     10.1   68.1   4.3  
Hispanic  33.1   55.5   0.5 !   14.9   65.1   4.3     12.1   80.0   5.1  
Other, non-Hispanic  27.6   58.5       8.6   68.9   2.9     8.1   77.8   4.7  
                                         
Grade                                         
6th  7.9   82.7       2.7   79.5   6.9     3.1   81.1   6.4  
7th  14.2   74.2   0.4 !   3.5   79.7   4.0     4.6   58.9   4.9  
8th  17.7   73.3       5.3   82.4   2.1     5.7   59.3   3.1  
9th  37.9   48.3   0.4 !   15.0   61.0   2.8     16.0   56.7   3.4  
10th  48.1   42.5       21.4   59.2   1.5     21.0   55.0   2.4  
11th  49.0   41.0       22.4   58.5   1.6     22.4   70.6   2.5  
12th  51.9   37.6       26.3   54.6   1.6 !   23.5   65.1   2.5  
                                         
Household income                                         
Less than $7,500  22.9   64.0   #     9.2 ! 70.3   5.4 !   6.8 ! 67.7   5.5  
$7,500–14,999  28.9   59.8       13.6   68.0   4.3     14.3   66.9   4.0  
$15,000–24,999  30.4   59.5       10.8   69.1   3.9     11.2   65.4   5.2  
$25,000–34,999  33.5   55.2       14.7   66.1   3.0     14.2   66.5   3.2  
$35,000–49,999  37.1   52.6       15.9   67.1   2.4     16.9   68.0   3.9  
$50,000 or more  34.1   56.2   0.2 !   14.9   67.6   2.1     14.9   66.5   2.5  
                                         
Urbanicity4                                         
Urban  33.6   56.4   0.4 !   13.2   68.9   2.9     13.2   65.6   3.7  
Suburban  34.1   55.5   0.2 !   15.3   66.9   2.5     14.7   68.2   3.3  
Rural  28.4   59.3       11.0   68.5   3.1 !   12.7   67.1   3.8  
                                         
Self-report of grades at school5                                         
Mostly A's  29.0   60.7   0.3 !   11.7   69.7   2.9     11.9   68.2   3.7  
Mostly B's  32.9   56.5       13.8   68.1   2.5     14.1   67.1   3.4  
Mostly C's  38.0   51.1       16.9   65.4   2.5     16.5   64.5   3.1  
Mostly D's  45.5   48.1       22.9   64.3   3.3 !   20.0   62.1   4.7 !
Mostly F's  46.8   46.0       17.1   60.9       18.3   63.4    
                                         
Student report of violent 
victimization at school6 
                                       
Yes 56.7   35.2       34.5   47.4       32.2   48.0   4.7 !
No 32.6   56.7   0.2     13.7   68.0   2.7     13.7   67.0   3.5  
                                         
Student report of theft 
victimization at school6 
                                       
Yes 46.6   45.3   #     22.8   58.5   1.7 !   22.0   61.9   2.4 !
No 32.4   56.9   0.3     13.6   68.1   2.8     13.6   67.0   3.5  
                                         
Sector                                         
Public  34.0   54.9   0.3     14.6   66.6   2.8     14.6   65.5   3.6  
Private  21.9   73.0   #     7.5   80.8   2.4     7.6   80.6   2.6  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Examples of uppers provided to respondents were ecstasy, crystal methamphetamine, or other illegal stimulants.
2 Examples of downers provided to respondents were gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) (central nervous system depressant) or sleeping pills.
3 "Other, non-Hispanic" includes Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians (including Alaska Natives). Beginning in 2003, students were given the option of identifying themselves as more than one race. Non-Hispanic students who identified themselves as more than one race in 2003 (1 percent of all respondents) were included in the "other, non-Hispanic" category. Respondents who identified themselves as being of Hispanic origin were classified as Hispanic, regardless of their race.
4 Urbanicity refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent's household as defined in 1990 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
5 Students who responded that their schools did not give grades or there was no alphabetical equivalent are not reported.
6 Victimization data are taken from the National Crime Victimization Survey Incident Report.
NOTE: "Violent" victimization includes serious violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assault. "At school" includes inside the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and on the way to and from school. Population size for students ages 12–18 was 25,684,000 in 2003. Detail may not sum to 100 percent because of "don't know" responses or rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 2003.


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