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NCJ Number: 134996 Find in a Library
Title: What Works in Drug Abuse Epidemiology
Editor(s): B Frank; R Simeone; B Stimmel
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 150
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56024-185-3
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Nine papers by drug epidemiologists provide descriptive accounts of drug abuse epidemiology to guide drug abuse researchers, public health experts, and social scientists as they collect and analyze drug abuse information for the particular population they serve.
Abstract: The opening paper presents data on the epidemiology of drug abuse in the United States. It includes an integrating approach from various data sources: national, State, and local levels; surveillance systems; and outbreak investigations. Analyses focus on changes in levels of use for various drugs as well as changes in user characteristics and consequences of use. The second paper describes research strategies that have been used in Mexico over the past 15 years: their advantages, disadvantages, and perspectives for the future. A discussion of epidemiological approaches to drug misuse in Britain constitutes the third paper. Emphasis is on the value of local research and comparative studies among localities. Another paper addresses what works and what does not work in drug abuse epidemiology in Europe. Given the tradition in European countries of defining the drug abuse problem in terms of social and medical interventions, epidemiological research is also tied to these interventions and consequently to community-based research. The remaining five papers consider what works in drug abuse prevalence estimation, techniques for monitoring the use of designer drugs, street studies that have worked in New York City, a typology based on measures of substance abuse and mental disorder, and health and substance-use behavior in a longitudinal Harlem health study. Chapter references and a selective guide to current reference sources (66) on topics discussed in the book
Main Term(s): Drug research
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Europe; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Mexico; Research methods; United States of America
Note: Papers from a conference on "What Works in Drug Abuse Research" held in New York City in October 1989.
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