chapter  10
Risk Factors for Early Adolescent Drug Use in Four Ethnic and Racial Groups
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Experimentation in early adolescence with alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs is an impor­ tant marker of future persistent drug use.1,2 Certain risk factors have predicted early drug use with considerable accuracy in a limited number of regional and national studies.3-6 However, these studies were limited in their ability to make comparisons across the major U.S. ethnic/racial groups.