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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: 2005


    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   31.9   56.9   0.3     12.3   68.5   2.9     14.7   65.9   3.5  
                                           
Sex                                          
Male   32.8   55.2   0.4     12.0   69.0   3.0     14.5   66.3   3.4  
Female   30.9   58.6   0.2 !   12.5   68.0   2.8     15.0   65.5   3.6  
                                           
Race/ethnicity3                                          
White, non-Hispanic   32.9   56.7   0.1 !   12.6   68.9   2.4     17.2   65.1   2.4  
Black, non-Hispanic   30.9   56.6   0.6 !   11.6   68.8   3.0     12.5   67.1   3.9  
Hispanic   30.9   56.3   0.6 !   13.3   68.4   3.2     10.6   67.9   5.1  
Other, non-Hispanic   27.0   60.8       8.5   64.5   6.5     7.9   65.5   8.0  
                                           
Grade                                          
6th   6.2   82.0   1.2 !   1.1 ! 77.4   9.1     2.6 ! 78.9   6.8  
7th   12.0   76.1   0.5 !   3.5   79.3   5.1     6.4   75.7   6.2  
8th   16.2   73.0       3.8   80.1   2.7     6.4   77.8   3.3  
9th   37.3   47.6       14.5   62.7   1.6     16.5   60.2   2.6  
10th   45.4   43.1       17.3   62.7   1.3     19.6   59.7   2.8  
11th   48.8   42.3       20.5   59.2   1.2 !   22.5   56.4   2.3  
12th   53.0   38.9   #     24.1   58.3   1.4 !   27.8   54.3   1.4 !
                                           
Household income                                          
Less than $7,500   24.1   62.6   #     9.0 ! 69.0   5.3 !   10.0 ! 72.4    
$7,500–14,999   26.3   58.0   #     9.4   67.6   2.4 !   12.0   62.5   4.7  
$15,000–24,999   29.1   60.7   1.1 !   10.1   73.4   3.5     14.9   69.1   4.7  
$25,000–34,999   29.8   57.4   #     14.1   70.1   2.3     13.9   68.0   3.1  
$35,000–49,999   29.6   57.2   0.7 !   10.4   68.2   3.6     13.3   65.9   3.8  
$50,000 or more   35.3   54.7   0.2 !   13.8   67.2   2.4     16.7   64.4   3.0  
                                           
Urbanicity4                                          
Urban   31.3   58.0   0.3 !   13.6   69.0   2.8     13.8   66.7   4.1  
Suburban   33.2   55.2   0.3     12.3   66.7   3.2     14.9   64.5   3.5  
Rural   28.8   60.3       10.3   73.3   2.0     15.7   69.0   2.4  
                                           
Self-report of grades at school5                                          
Mostly A's   28.2   60.6   0.2 !   11.0   69.3   3.1     13.7   67.2   3.3  
Mostly B's   31.4   57.1   0.3     11.6   69.4   2.7     14.0   66.0   3.5  
Mostly C's   36.7   51.9       14.3   66.4   3.0     17.1   64.2   3.5  
Mostly D's   51.5   42.2       20.9   61.6   2.1 !   23.9   59.5   3.7  
Mostly F's   36.0   53.6   #     16.0   69.9   #     18.2   63.8    
                                           
Student report of violent victimization at school6                                          
Yes   46.9   47.4   #     26.7   60.2   5.0 !   24.0   60.6   5.1 !
No   31.7   57.0   0.3     12.1   68.6   2.8     14.6   66.0   3.5  
                                           
Student report of theft victimization at school6                                          
Yes   45.0   38.2   #     22.1   54.5   2.0 !   27.2   52.5   2.5 !
No   31.5   57.5   0.3     12.0   68.9   2.9     14.3   66.3   3.5  
                                           
Sector                                          
Public   33.3   54.9   0.3     13.0   67.1   2.7     15.5   64.4   3.5  
Private   14.1   80.6       3.7   85.6   4.4 !   5.9   83.9   3.8 !
                                           
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimate’s value.
‡ Reporting standards not met. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
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 2005 (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 25,811,000 in 2005. Details may not sum to 100 percent because respondent-volunteered "don't know" responses are included in the base for the percentages listed.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 2005.


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