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Friday, August 5, 2011

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drug Use Among Native American College Students: An Exploratory Quantitative Analysis

We examine alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use among US Native American college students by using 4 years of College Alcohol Study data (1993, 1997, 1999, and 2001; n = 267). To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study to quantitatively examine this population using advanced statistical analyses and a nationally representative sample of US college students.

Descriptive and logistic regression analyses show that Native American college students have unique rates and patterns of substance use that must be addressed accordingly.

It is suggested that specialized future research and policy are needed to properly address alcohol and drug use among this population. Limitations of the study are noted.

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