Adult Substance Use -- Causes and Consequences

Robert Griffin, Washington State University Vancouver
Clayton Mosher, Washington State University, Vancouver
Scott Akins, Washington State University Vancouver

While there exists a voluminous literature on the correlates of youth substance use and outcomes associated with use, comparatively little attention has been devoted to studying adult substance use. Using data from a household survey of approximately 800 adults in Washington state, this paper examines adult substance use, with a particular focus on racial/ethnic differences in use and abuse of both licit and illicit drugs. Multivariate analyses will examine risk and protective factors associated with adult substance use, and how these differ across racial/ethnic groups. The paper will conclude with analyses of outcomes (il.e., employment, arrest, etc.) associated with substance use.

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