The current research (conducted during 1977–1988, and referrred to as the 1988 study), was undertaken as part of an effort to continue to monitor drug-taking behavior by Alaskan youth. This research is the second study in Alaska reporting on drug use and related information on youth in grades 7–12. It was designed to obtain information on the use or nonuse of drugs ranging from legal, socially sanctioned drugs for those of legal age (i.e., alcohol and tobacco), to illegal and unsanctioned drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, inhalants, heroin, and tranquilizers, taken for social or recreational purposes.