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Use of Illicit Drugs By High-School Students in Jamaica (Soyibo and Lee, 1999)

Use of Illicit Drugs By High-School Students in Jamaica (Soyibo and Lee, 1999)

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    Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 1999, Vol.77(3), pp.258-62

    Soyibo, K ; Lee, M G

    Reported are the results of a survey to assess the prevalence of illicit drug use among high-school students in Jamaica. A total of 2417 high-school students in 26 schools were covered: 1063 boys and 1354 girls of whom 1317 were grade-10 students (mean age 15.7 years) and 1100 were grade-11 students (mean age 16.8 years). Of the students, 1072 and 1345 were from rural and urban schools, respectively, while 1126 and 1291 were children of parents who were professionals and nonprofessionals, respectively. The following drugs were used by the students: marijuana (10.2%), cocaine (2.2%), heroin (1.5%) and opium (1.2%). Illicit drug use among males, urban students and children of professionals was higher than that among females, rural students and children of nonprofessionals, respectively.