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NCJ Number: 128649 Find in a Library
Title: Current Drug Use Trends in New York City
Author(s): B Frank; J Galea; R Simeone
Corporate Author: New York State
Division of Substance Abuse Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: New York State
Albany, NY 12203
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information on drug abuse trends in New York City from 1985 to 1990 shows cocaine activity continuing at close to peak levels followed by heroin activity, but with declines in marijuana activity and nonmedical use of psychoactive prescription drugs.
Abstract: Crack remains at the center of the cocaine epidemic in the city. About 72 percent of admissions to treatment with cocaine as the primary drug of abuse report smoking as the mode of administration. About 83 percent of arrests involving cocaine are actually crack-related. Treatment admissions with heroin as the primary drug of abuse have increased in 1990. The intranasal use of heroin continues to grow as a mode of administration. Although marijuana continues to be the most widely used illicit substance, indicators of marijuana abuse are declining. Hospital emergencies and treatment admissions indicate that the nonmedical use of psychoactive prescription drugs is becoming less of a serious problem. Treatment admissions for hallucinogens show an increasing number reporting PCP as the primary drug of abuse. Of New York City AIDS cases involving adults (28,205 cases), 10,635 or 38 percent involve heterosexual intravenous drug users and 1,094 or 4 percent involve homosexual or bisexual intravenous drug users. The development of a Social Dysfunction Scale to assess drug abuse is discussed. 6 tables
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV transmission; Cocaine; Heroin; Marijuana; New York
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