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DRUG USE

Table 9. Percentage of Alternative High School Students Who Used
Selected Drugs by Sex, Race/Ethnicity, and Grade, 1998

Drug use behavior

Sex

Race/Ethnicity

Grade Level

All Groups

Male

Female

White, non-His-
panic

Black, non-His-
panic

His-
panic

9th

10th

11th

12th

Lifetime marijuana

88.0

82.1

89.4

77.7

84.0

81.0

85.3

86.0

86.8

85.4

Current marijuana1

58.2

46.7

56.7

47.2

50.6

51.2

52.9

55.7

51.2

53.0

Lifetime cocaine use2

38.6

33.0

43.8

5.7

46.4

32.7

36.4

37.8

36.5

36.1

Current cocaine use1

17.1

13.1

17.7

3.6

19.4

14.8

16.6

15.9

14.1

15.3

Lifetime crack or freebase use

23.5

19.4

26.2

3.5

26.8

20.9

22.9

24.2

18.9

21.6

Lifetime use of illegal steroids

9.8

7.4

10.5

6.6

6.9

12.0

9.6

6.9

7.6

8.7

Lifetime injected drug use

6.8

4.4

7.0

4.1

4.5

7.6

5.6

5.4

4.9

5.7

Episodic heavy drinking3

55.4

42.9

58.7

28.4

52.4

43.8

48.1

51.5

51.7

49.8

Current cigarette use1

67.7

59.8

78.6

43.3

53.0

64.5

64.3

64.8

62.2

64.1

´┐Ż Data not available.

1Used one or more times during the past 30 days.
2Ever tried any form of cocaine, including powder, crack, or freebase.
3Drank five or more drinks of alcohol on at least one occasion on one or more days during the past 30 days.

Source: "Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance´┐ŻNational Alternative High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, United States,
1998," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Service,
Department of Health and Human Services.




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