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NCJ Number: 119796 Find in a Library
Title: Coca-paste Smoking in Some Latin American Countries: A Severe and Unabated Form of Addiction
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:36  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (April-June 1984)  Pages:15-31
Author(s): F R Jeri
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 17
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This article describes coca-paste smoking, a use of cocaine that has reached epidemic proportions over the past ten years in Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru.
Abstract: Coca paste contains 40 to 91 percent cocaine. Addiction to coca paste develops in a few months and results in four distinct and successive phases of mental disorder: euphoria, dysphoria, hallucinosis, and paranoid psychosis. Because the craving created by coca-paste smoking is so strong, cure and rehabilitation are difficult. Treatment of the addiction includes detoxification, support therapy, self-control therapies and abstinence programs. Addicts have been known to relapse into coca-paste smoking after years of abstinence. Patients who have acceptable school or work adjustments and strong supportive families have the best prognosis for long-term drug-free lives. 58 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug effects
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug abuse; South America
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