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NCJ Number: 119687 Find in a Library
Title: Measures to Assess Drug Abuse and the Health, Social and Economic Consequences of Such Abuse: Summary of Information From 21 Countries
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (July-September 1983)  Pages:19-32
Corporate Author: United Nations Secretariat
United States of America
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations Secretariat
New York, NY 10017
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This article summarizes the June 1982 survey results received from 21 Governments on measures to assess drug abuse and the consequences of drug abuse.
Abstract: A large number of programs for the assessment of drug abuse were reported which were then classified either as population surveys or reporting systems of existing institutional data on drug abuse. Each method was described as having certain advantages and limitations which varied according to the aims of the assessment and circumstances under which the method was carried out. A well-established reporting system that obtained data from law enforcement agencies, health services, and other services that had contact with drug abusers was determined to be an effective means of assessing the consequences of drug abuse. However, it only provided information on cases that were brought to the attention of the authorities. A second survey covered the general population, students or conscripts, based on a probability sample; represented the population studied; and detected cases of drug abuse that were not recorded by institutions. Many of the replies stated that drug abuse imposed a considerable burden on society in terms of health impairment and disabilities, as well as social and economic consequences. The most common consequences of drug abuse were found to be dropping out of school, performing poorly at work, and losing employment. It was also reported that drug abuse played an important role in the development of criminal, delinquent, and anti-social behavior. 9 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Societal reactions to crime
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural comparisons; Drug abuse; Economic influences
Note: Special issue on measures to prevent and reduce drug abuse.
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