Figure 6.8 is titled "Perceived Availability of Selected Illicit Drugs among Youths Aged 12 to 17: 2002 through 2004." It is a bar graph, where selected illicit drugs are shown on the horizontal axis, and the percentage indicating it was fairly or very easy to obtain illicit drugs is shown on the vertical axis. For each of the five types of illicit drugs there are bars representing 2002, 2003, and 2004. Tests of statistical significance at the .05 level were performed between 2003 and 2004 estimates and between 2002 and 2004 estimates; significant results are indicated where appropriate.

The percentage of youths aged 12 to 17 indicating that marijuana is fairly or very easy to obtain was 55.0 percent in 2002, 53.6 percent in 2003, and 52.2 percent in 2004. The differences between the 2004 estimate and the 2002 and 2003 estimates were significant.

The percentage of youths indicating that cocaine is fairly or very easy to obtain was 25.0 percent in both 2002 and 2003 and 24.4 percent in 2004.

The percentage of youths indicating that crack is fairly or very easy to obtain was 26.5 percent in 2002, 26.2 percent in 2003, and 25.0 percent in 2004. The differences between the 2004 estimate and the 2002 and 2003 estimates were significant.

The percentage of youths indicating that heroin is fairly or very easy to obtain was 15.8 percent in 2002, 15.3 percent in 2003, and 14.0 percent in 2004. The differences between the 2004 estimate and the 2002 and 2003 estimates were significant.

The percentage of youths indicating that LSD is fairly or very easy to obtain was 19.4 percent in 2002, 17.6 percent in 2003, and 16.9 percent in 2004. The difference between the 2004 estimate and the 2002 estimate was significant.

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