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NCJ Number: 119871 Find in a Library
Title: Statistical Perspectives on Drug Abuse Treatment in New Jersey, 1987
Corporate Author: New Jersey Dept of Health, Alcohol, Narcotic and Drug Abuse
Office of Data Analysis and Epidemiology
United States of
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from more than 15,000 admissions for drug abuse treatment in New Jersey during 1987 form the basis of this description of recent trends in treatment admissions, the main demographic and social characteristics of clients, and their drug use characteristics at admission.
Abstract: The most noteworthy trend was the increasing numbers of cocaine abusers admitted to treatment, confirming the increasing incidence and prevalence of cocaine as a drug of abuse. In addition, growing numbers of heroin users are reporting inhalation as their preferred route of administration, probably reflecting their efforts to prevent AIDS by avoiding the use of needles. Moreover, the increase in treatment admissions since 1985 has been accompanied by an increase in the number of those admitted without insurance coverage. Finally, the criminal justice system appears to handle cocaine and heroin offenders differently, with cocaine admissions reporting a higher percentage of arrests (51 percent) than heroin admissions (33 percent). Similarly, cocaine abusers were more likely than heroin abusers to be referred to treatment by the criminal justice system. Data tables and appended tables. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug treatment; Heroin; New Jersey
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