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Table 8.  Percentage of students ages 12–18 reporting availability of marijuana, uppers, downers, and illegally obtained prescription drugs at school, by selected student and school characteristics: School year 2006–07
 
Marijuana Uppers1 Downers2 Illegally obtained prescription drugs3  
Don’t know drug4 Don’t know drug4 Don’t know drug4 Don't know drug4
Student or school characteristic Yes   No       Yes   No       Yes   No       Yes   No    
Total 28.7   59.4   0.3 !   10.3   69.2   3.1     12.9   66.2   3.7     16.7   64.1   3.0  
                                                       
Sex                                                      
Male 30.5   58.2   0.3 !   10.5   69.7   2.8     13.1   67.0   3.6     17.1   64.3   2.9  
Female 27.0   60.8       10.1   68.8   3.5     12.7   65.4   3.9     16.3   63.8   3.1  
                                                       
Race/ethnicity                                                      
White, not Hispanic or Latino 29.9   59.0       10.8   69.8   2.3     14.8   65.5   3.0     20.6   62.4   1.7  
Black, not Hispanic or Latino 27.6   58.2       9.5   66.4   4.2     10.0   64.8   4.4     10.6   64.8   4.5  
Hispanic or Latino 27.3   60.1   0.3 !   9.3   71.0   3.8     11.6   69.3   5.1     11.2   68.1   5.4  
All other races, not
   Hispanic or Latino5
24.9   64.3       9.4   65.9   5.6     7.2   67.4   5.0     10.7   67.2   4.7  
                                                       
Grade                                                      
6th 8.5   82.4       2.1 ! 78.3   8.8     2.9   77.6   8.4     2.7   78.9   6.2  
7th 12.2   76.8   0.6 !   3.4   77.7   5.8     4.9   75.3   5.5     6.3   75.8   4.2  
8th 15.6   74.3       4.2   81.0   2.9     4.9   79.1   3.1     6.5   76.0   3.4  
9th 31.7   54.0       13.1   63.8   2.6     15.3   61.6   3.2     16.8   62.4   3.1  
10th 40.9   47.9       14.2   61.4   1.9 !   18.1   57.8   2.6     23.9   54.6   2.3  
11th 42.0   44.8       15.3   63.9   0.8 !   20.4   57.6   2.9     27.5   53.0   1.6 !
12th 45.6   41.7   #     17.8   60.6       21.5   57.2   2.0 !   30.3   51.1   1.1 !
                                                       
Household income                                                      
Less than $7,500 18.3   66.3       4.4 ! 78.6   3.9 !   5.4 ! 77.5   3.8 !   8.6   74.9   2.7 !
$7,500-14,999 31.2   56.1       10.7   67.4   2.1 !   15.4   65.2   2.5 !   16.7   64.5    
$15,000-24,999 23.8   64.2       8.4   71.9   3.5 !   8.9   71.0   3.8 !   12.7   67.2   4.7 !
$25,000-34,999 27.7   60.0   #     10.9   68.8   3.3     14.1   64.3   2.7 !   14.8   63.9   2.2  
$35,000-49,999 28.1   58.5       10.2   68.9   3.0     12.5   66.1   4.2     16.3   63.6   4.2  
$50,000 or more 30.7   58.6   0.2 !   10.5   69.0   3.0     14.0   65.7   3.6     19.2   63.0   2.4  
                                                       
Urbanicity6                                                      
Urban 28.6   58.2   0.5 !   9.1   66.8   4.3     11.1   64.1   4.5     12.7   62.9   4.9  
Suburban 29.8   58.4   0.2 !   11.1   69.2   2.5     13.7   66.6   3.3     17.8   64.4   2.2  
Rural 25.8   64.5       9.5   73.1   3.2     13.4   68.1   3.9     19.7   64.8   2.5  
                   
Self-report of grades at school7                                                      
Mostly A's 23.5   65.5       7.8   72.6   3.4     10.3   70.0   3.9     14.1   69.0   2.6  
Mostly B's 29.8   57.7   0.4 !   10.5   68.2   2.9     13.1   64.9   3.6     16.8   62.7   2.7  
Mostly C's 34.6   53.1       13.2   65.9   3.5     15.8   63.2   4.2     20.3   59.4   4.4  
Mostly D's 46.0   46.9   #     18.5   62.2       24.9   54.9   3.0 !   25.8   52.3   3.8 !
Mostly F's 45.5   42.9   #     20.1 ! 66.9   #     29.9   57.2       33.7   55.4   #  
                                                       
Student report of violent
   victimization at school8
                                                     
Yes 45.5   42.1   #     25.6   53.3       30.2   50.6       35.4   44.5    
No 28.5   59.7   0.3     10.0   69.5   3.1     12.7   66.4   3.8     16.4   64.4   3.0  
                                                       
Student report of theft
   victimization at school8
                                                     
Yes 45.3   42.0   #     20.2   57.6       21.6   54.7       27.5   52.9    
No 28.2   60.0   0.3 !   10.0   69.6   3.2     12.7   66.5   3.8     16.4   64.4   3.1  
                                                       
Sector                                                      
Public 30.2   57.5   0.3 !   11.0   67.5   3.2     13.7   64.6   3.9     17.6   62.5   3.1  
Private 13.5   79.9       2.1 ! 88.2   2.1 !   5.2   82.7   2.5 !   7.3   80.8   1.7 !
# 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 Examples of illegally obtained prescription drugs provided to respondents were Ritalin or Oxycontin.
4 "Don't know drug" indicates the student did not know whether a drug was available at school because they were unable to identify the drug in question.
5 "All other races, not Hispanic or Latino" includes Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians (including Alaska Natives) and respondents of two or more races. For this report, not Hispanic or Latino students who identified themselves as being of two or more races (1 percent of all respondents) were included in the "all other races, not Hispanic or Latino" category. Respondents who identified themselves as being of Hispanic or Latino origin were classified as "Hispanic or Latino," regardless of their race.
6 Urbanicity refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent's household as defined in 1990 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
7 Rates for students who responded that their schools did not give grades or there was no alphabetical equivalent are not reported.
8 Victimization data are taken from the Incident Report of the National Crime Victimization Survey and appended to the School Crime Supplement (SCS) data file. Readers should note the reference period for the victimization data is "the last 6 months" while the reference period for the SCS is "the last school year."
NOTE: "Violent" victimization includes serious violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assault. "Theft" includes attempted and completed purse snatching, completed pickpocketing, and all attempted and completed thefts, excluding motor vehicle theft. Theft does not include robbery, in which the threat or use of force is involved. "At school" includes inside the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and on the way to and from school. Details may not sum to 100 percent because respondent-volunteered “don’t know” responses are included in the base for the percentages listed but not shown separately. Students who responded "don't know" were able to identify the drug in question, but did not know if the drug was available at their school. Population size for students ages 12–18 was 25,967,000 in 2007.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 2007.


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