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Table 8.  Percentage of students ages 12–18 reporting the ease of 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 Easy   Hard     Easy   Hard     Easy   Hard  
Total  80.1   19.9     54.5   45.5     70.1   29.9  
                             
Sex                             
Male  78.1   21.9     48.0   52.0     64.5   35.5  
Female  82.3   17.7     62.2   37.8     76.1   23.9  
                             
Race/ethnicity3                             
White, non-Hispanic  79.6   20.4     51.3   48.7     69.4   30.6  
Black, non-Hispanic  80.4   19.6     67.6   32.4     68.9   31.1  
Hispanic  81.6   18.4     59.0   41.0     72.0   28.0  
Other, non-Hispanic  80.1   19.9     55.1   44.9     85.2    
                             
Grade                             
6th  66.2   33.8     48.0   52.0     76.4    
7th  55.9   44.1     43.9   56.1     42.0   58.0  
8th  68.6   31.4     53.7   46.3     61.1   38.9  
9th  78.6   21.4     53.6   46.4     70.6   29.4  
10th  85.8   14.2     56.3   43.7     74.2   25.8  
11th  83.0   17.0     52.2   47.8     70.3   29.7  
12th  86.9   13.1     58.1   41.9     71.8   28.2  
                             
Household income                             
Less than $7,500  85.6   14.4 !   39.4 ! 60.6     75.9   24.1 !
$7,500–14,999  82.7   17.3     64.6   35.4     78.4   21.6 !
$15,000–24,999  78.6   21.4     61.9   38.1     61.7   38.3  
$25,000–34,999  84.6   15.4     55.6   44.4     64.8   35.2  
$35,000–49,999  80.9   19.1     54.0   46.0     72.9   27.1  
$50,000 or more  80.2   19.8     51.1   48.9     68.5   31.5  
                             
Urbanicity4                             
Urban  80.0   20.0     57.0   43.0     69.9   30.1  
Suburban  80.6   19.4     54.4   45.6     72.3   27.7  
Rural  78.2   21.8     50.3   49.7     61.6   38.4  
                             
Self-report of grades at school5                             
Mostly A's  78.0   22.0     53.1   46.9     67.7   32.3  
Mostly B's  80.1   19.9     52.6   47.4     71.2   28.8  
Mostly C's  81.8   18.2     58.4   41.6     69.9   30.1  
Mostly D's  85.6   14.4     61.9   38.1     77.8   22.2 !
Mostly F's  84.8   15.2 !   63.0   37.0 !   72.2    
                             
Student report of violent 
victimization at school6 
                           
Yes 84.1   15.9 !   76.1   23.9 !   77.5   22.5 !
No 80.0   20.0     53.8   46.2     69.8   30.2  
                             
Student report of theft 
victimization at school6 
                           
Yes 85.6   14.4     52.0   48.0     63.5   36.5  
No 79.8   20.2     54.7   45.3     70.6   29.4  
                             
Sector                             
Public  80.7   19.3     55.4   44.6     71.4   28.6  
Private  69.7   30.3     37.3   62.7     42.6   57.4  
! Interpret with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Such as ecstasy, crystal methamphetamine, or other illegal stimulants.
2 Such as 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. Estimates include only the respondents who indicated that it was possible to obtain the specified substance at school. Population size for students ages 12–18 was 25,684,000 in 2003. Response options to the 2003 SCS questionnaire item include easy, fairly easy, hard, fairly hard, and not applicable. For purposes of presenting the data in this table, "easy" includes "easy" and "fairly easy," and "hard" includes "hard" and "fairly hard." Detail may not sum to 100 percent because of 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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