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Marijuana use among youths in Mississippi, United States

Rasaki Aranmolate
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Published Online: 2018-01-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0195



Increased use of marijuana among youths in Mississippi, United States is of great concern to Public Health in the 21st century. This study examined the prevalence of marijuana use according to gender, race and ethnicity.


The data for this study was obtained from Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) for 2015, a cross-sectional survey of the Mississippi High School Students, which examined the prevalence and trends in the use of marijuana according to gender, race and ethnicity. The trends in the percentage of students that reported the use of marijuana and its product was examined by univariate t-test statistical analysis at p < 0.05. The frequency distribution was used to determine the percentage differences in the groups.


The students that ever used marijuana was 39.4% in Blacks, 39.1% in Hispanics and 31.0% in Whites. A total of 13.7% male and female (4.8%) used marijuana before 13 years of age. In addition, the students currently using marijuana include Blacks (10.9%), Hispanic (13.7%) and Whites (7.2%). Approximately 9.7% of students ever used the synthetic product, which was higher in Hispanic (18.7%) when compared to Blacks (8.8%) and Whites (9.1%).


The use of marijuana is significantly higher among the male youth in Mississippi than females, which is a major public health concern. Furthermore, there was higher rates of smoking marijuana in Hispanics and Blacks when compared to White youth.

Keywords: marijuana; Mississippi; prevalence; youths


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Received: 2017-11-03

Accepted: 2017-11-24

Published Online: 2018-01-25

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20170195, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0195.

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