College Students Attitude Toward Marijuana Use on Campus Essay

6077 Words Jan 2nd, 2006 25 Pages
Chapter One
Introduction
Illicit drug use continues past adolescence is reflected in rising drug use rates among young adults 18–24 years old (Addiction, 2000). Since 1960 drug use among college students have increased. For example, in spite of various programs to reduce drug use among college students, especially the use of marijuana has increased since the past 10 years (Addiction, 1997).
The college experience is a particularly challenging phase in an individual’s development. It provides many students with their first opportunity to be a part of a large group of their peers without parental or other supervision, and also the last time during which they will be able to have this type of experience before taking on the
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It can also be smoked in a cigarette (joint, nail), or in a pipe (bong) and it can even be used for therapeutic tea.
The profile smoker today differs from that of smokers a generation ago. In the 1960's, the typical smoker would be a long haired unconventionally dressed young person that hugged tree’s and wore peace signs around their necks. Generally labeled as a hippie, these peace loving 18 to 27 yr olds were members of their own counterculture. They were advocates of nonviolence and of marijuana. Today the "typical" marijuana user may range in age from 13 to 55, and is often no more rebellious than his or her peers.
The focus of this study is to look at college age students of the 21st Century and determine the reasons they smoke marijuana and if they are aware of any health risk that may be associated with smoking marijuana. I have focused on three key factors that are prevalent to the contribution of marijuana use among college students, Peer Influences, the effect ones peers on another are estimated in a variety of ways. Among students whose binge drinking, marijuana use, or sexual behavior had begun during their high school years, we estimate whether their reports of these behaviors in their second through fourth college years is greater if they were assigned first-year roommates who had engaged in these problem behaviors in high

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