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NCJ Number: 119651 Find in a Library
Title: Kids and Cocaine -- A Treatment Dilemma
Journal: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(1989)  Pages:3-8
Author(s): B S Brown; M R Rose; W W Weddington Jr; J H Jaffe
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data indicate that, to the extent need for treatment is determined by frequency of cocaine use, there should be a much greater proportion of admissions to treatment from persons 21 years of age or younger.
Abstract: Despite aggressive efforts at recruitment of cocaine users of this age, very few clients were obtained compared to adult cocaine clients during the same time frame. An examination of admissions data for city, State, and nation indicate that this experience is typical. There appears to be an under-recruitment of youth into treatment, particularly evidenced by low rates of self-referral for juvenile as compared to older treatment admissions. Younger cocaine users may be less severely impaired and/or dependent, or may be more reluctant to use the treatment resources available. The capacity of the family, schools, the medical community, and public agencies in the areas of health, social services, and criminal justice to take action and possible impediments to that action are discussed. 2 tables, 27 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug treatment
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use
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