Substance use and occupational injuries among high school students in South Texas. Academic Article uri icon


  • This cross-sectional study examined the association between self-reported nonfatal occupational injuries among high school students in South Texas and their self-reported general use of substances. Data were collected using a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire (n = 3365). The independent variables included alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, inhalant, and steroid use. The dependent variable was occupational injury. Adjusting for grade, sex, ethnicity, and work intensity, odds ratios were calculated using logistic regression. Supporting an association with each substance, odds ratios consistently strengthened as use increased. Additional research is merited given the scant number of previous studies. The associations for inhalant (OR, 5.61) and steroid (OR, 7.63) use argue for their inclusion in future research.

published proceedings

  • Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse

author list (cited authors)

  • Shipp, E. M., Tortolero, S. R., Cooper, S. P., Baumler, E. G., & Weller, N. F

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Shipp, Eva M||Tortolero, Susan R||Cooper, Sharon P||Baumler, Elizabeth G||Weller, Nancy F

publication date

  • January 2005