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    Gateway Drug Theory
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      Definition

      The gateway drug theory states that the use of a less dangerous drugs (tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cannabis, etc.) can lead to the use of more dangerous drugs (heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, LCD, etc.).

      Background Information

    • Gateway drug theory - Wikipedia [View Resource]
    • The Myth of Marijuana's Gateway Effect [View Resource]
    • How did the marijuana gateway myth get started? [View Resource]
    • Researchers say smoking pot not always path to hard drugs drug use [View Resource]
    • The "Gateway" theory: Does cannabis use lead to hard drugs? [View Resource]
    • Skeptical Gateway Theory [View Resource]
    • The Gateway Theory: Marijuana Use and Other Drug Use [View Resource]
    • Drug and Substance Abuse Resources [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments, Lesson Plans and Science Fair Projects

    • Alcohol and Marijuana – Gateway Drugs [View Experiment]
    • Safety for Use: Cannabis as a Gateway Drug [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Studies and Articles

    • Alcohol, marijuana, and American youth: the unintended consequences of government regulation [View Experiment]
    • The road to ruin? Sequences of initiation into drug use and offending by young people in Britain [View Experiment]
    • Marijuana And The Gateway Theory [View Experiment]
    • An Analysis of the Gateway Drug Theory [View Experiment]
    • Evaluating the drug use “gateway” theory using cross-national data: Consistency and associations of the order of initiation of drug use among participants in the WHO World Mental Health Surveys [View Experiment]
    • Cannabis, the Individual, and Public Policy [View Experiment]
    • Sequential patterns of drug use initiation – can we believe in the gateway theory? [View Experiment]
    • Substance Use Initiation among Street Youth: A Test of the Gateway Theory [View Experiment]
    • Is cannabis a gateway to hard drugs? [View Experiment]
    • Psychosocial dynamics of psychoactive substance misuse among Nigerian adolescents [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Drup Use: Initiation and Progressio [View Thesis]
    • Marijuana as scapegoat, cannabis as medicine: a cognitive-rhetorical analysis of a Canadian drug-policy problem [View Thesis]
    • An evaluation of the stages-of-change Therapy program for substance abuse [View Thesis]
    • Assessing teen risk behavior and later drug use [View Thesis]



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