Resolved Question: What kind of fallacy is this?

Hey everyone,

So after I’d been looking around for a while now to find an online article with a fallacy in it, I found an article about “gateway” drugs leading to drugs. And the first paragraph in it reads:

The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia (CASA) released a study Oct. 27 showing that children (12 to 17 years old) who use gateway drugs–tobacco, alcohol and marijuana–are up to 266 times–and adults who use such drugs are up to 323 times–more likely to use cocaine than those who don’t use any gateway drugs.

I’m confused between the hasty generalization fallacy (no number of people was mentioned it could be 10 or 10000) or the appeal to authority. So what do you think?

Link to the article: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/record/archives/vol20/vol20_iss10/record2010.24.html
Thanks everyone! If you don’t think this is a fallacy then would you please have a look at the article an tell me if you could find one somewhere? I’ve already read it 4+ times with no luck but I’m still learning this stuff so I might’ve not picked them out.

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