Assessing the Prevalence of Illicit Drug Use in the Army
HRB-SINGER INC STATE COLLEGE PA
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The Social Processes Technical Area of ARI has developed a brief anonymous self-report questionnaire to provide estimates of the prevalence and patterns of illicit drug use, as part of a larger effort to identify social and organizational factors in drug abuse in the Army. Random urinalysis the basis of most official Army prevalence estimates is a logical indicator of prevalence of drug abuse in a system in which most individuals must be identified to be cured a questionnaire is an equally logical indicator of drug abuse as a complex social problem in which individuals vary their patterns and levels of drug use with circumstances. The questionnaire was administered March-June 1973 to personnel in TOE units in the U.S., Germany, and Korea. Usable responses 71 of total responses were returned from 17,141 enlisted men, E1-E5, from 398 units. The questionnaire indicated that 40 of the respondents had used marijuana within the previous month and 21 daily or every other day 80 had used alcohol within the month and a third daily or every other day. Reported use of harder drugs within the month ranged from 15 A to 3 M reported daily or alternate-day use ranged from 2.4 A to 1 M. Frequent use of hard drugs seems much less common than occasional use.
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