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NCJ Number: 119826 Find in a Library
Title: Development of an Information Reporting System on Illicit Drug Use in Mexico
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:41  Issue:1 & 2, double issue  Dated:(1989)  Pages:41-52
Author(s): A Oritz; M Romano; A Soriano
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: In 1986 the Mexican Institute of Psychiatry established the Information Reporting System on Drugs (IRSD) at the request of the National Council Against Addictions to facilitate estimates of the drug problem and its trends in the country.
Abstract: Drug abuse is considered to be a public health problem that is growing rapidly, especially among youths, who make up about half of the total population in Mexico. IRSD is an information system that reports event, based on two month-long, cross-sectional evaluations made each June and November. Data for IRSD are gathered by means of a questionnaire called the individual report on drug abuse. Illicit drug users complete these reports upon admission to health and criminal justice facilities and institutions in Mexico City during the evaluation periods. Analysis of the findings has shown that most users are from the lower and middle socioeconomic levels of the population. However, these groups are the main ones who go to the facilities taking part in IRSD, as users from upper socioeconomic groups tend to go to private facilities, which adds to the element of secrecy surrounding drug abuse in Mexico. Tables and 17 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Crime Statistics; Data collections; Mexico; Program design
Note: Double issue on drug abuse assessment
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