1997 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
Respondents' Reports of Having Been Approached by Someone Selling Drugs (Table 11.5)
Overall and for the two older age groups, blacks and Hispanics were more likely than whites to report having been approached by someone selling illicit drugs.24 Among 12 to 17 year olds, Hispanic youths were more likely than black youths to report having been approached by an illicit drug seller.
Overall and for the two youngest age groups, respondents living in large metropolitan areas were more likely than those in nonmetropolitan areas to report having been approached by someone who was selling illicit drugs. Among those aged 12 to 17, the percentage reporting such contact also was higher in small metropolitan than nonmetropolitan places. The only significant differences in being approached by an illicit drug seller by region occurred in the youngest age group, where respondents in the West were more likely those in the Northeast and South to report such contact.
Adult education and current employment were factors associated with whether one had been approached by someone selling illicit drugs. Overall and among those aged 18 to 25, college graduates were significantly less likely than respondents in each of the other educational categories to report such contact. Additionally, in the other age groups, college graduates were less likely than those who had not completed high school to report having been approached. Overall and among those aged 26 to 34, unemployed adults were more likely than those in the other employment categories to report having been approached by someone selling illicit drugs.
24 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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