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Comparing Rural and Urban Drug Use and Violence in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (2018)

July 16, 2018  | Health Care and Human Services

Understanding youth drug use and violent behavior is an important step in reducing drug use and violence in Pennsylvania. Rural and urban areas may have different rates of drug use and violence and thus require different types of interventions. In terms of alcohol and illicit drug use, the results indicated little overall differences between urban and rural students. However, the analysis only examined the number of prevention programs in a school district and the data did not include details about individual programs operating in schools. Further research could attempt to get more school-specific details about the programs that operated in those schools.

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Tags:  addiction , violence , youth

Introducing the Center's new journal, Rural Policy: The Research Bulletin of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.