National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
Use, by Age Group and Race/Ethnicity (Tables
3.1 to 3.3)
Race/ethnicity was associated with marijuana
use, but the relationships varied by age group and reference period. For
lifetime marijuana use among 18 to 34 year olds, whites were more likely
than blacks, who were more likely than Hispanics to report use; among 12
to 17 year olds, approximately 20% of whites reported lifetime use, compared
with 16% to 17% of blacks and Hispanics.7 Among
young and middle adults (i.e., those aged 18 to 34), whites and blacks
reported similar levels of past year and past month marijuana use, and
these levels were significantly higher than the rates for Hispanics. It
should be noted, however, that multivariate analyses have suggested that
other socioeconomic variables may interact strongly with racial/ethnic
differences (Flewelling et al., 1993; Wallace & Bachman, 1991). There
were no significant differences among whites, blacks, and Hispanics aged
12 to 17 in past month use.
7 In the interest of readability for
this report, "white" is used to indicate "white, non-Hispanic," and "black"
to indicate "black, non-Hispanic."
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