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NCJ Number: 249606 Find in a Library
Title: Routes Into Opioid Analgesic Misuse: Emergent Typologies of Initiation
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:45  Issue:4  Dated:October 2015  Pages:385-395
Author(s): A. Harocopos; B. Allen
Date Published: October 2015
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-PM-BX-0012
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on qualitative data from five focus groups conducted with individuals who misused opioid analgesics (OAs) in New York City, this study examined the circumstance of initiation of the non-medical misuse of OAs.
Abstract: Participants (n = 19) were between 20 and 47 years old. The majority were male (n = 14) and non-Hispanic White (n = 12). Three initiate groups were identified: recreational initiates, who typically began misusing OAs in their teens through non-medical sources; medical initiates, who initiated OA use through medical treatment; and experienced opioid users, who initiated OA use through both recreational and medical channels, but whose entry into misuse followed a history of heroin use. Findings show heterogeneous patterns of initiation, indicating the need for prevention and intervention strategies to be tailored to particular groups. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug use
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Drug abuse causes; New York; Nonprescription Drug Abuse; Opioids
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