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NCJ Number: 135856 Find in a Library
Title: Cocaine Use in Arrestees: Refining Measures of National Trends by Sampling the Criminal Population (From Epidemiology of Cocaine Use and Abuse, 1991, P 57-70, Susan Schober and Charles Schade, eds. -- See NCJ-135854)
Author(s): E D Wish; J O'Neil
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 14
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Information from the Drug Use Forecasting (DUF) system is used to describe the prevalence of cocaine use among arrestees; DUF statistics are compared with statistics on cocaine use among the general population.
Abstract: The DUF program is used to track drug use among arrestees in 25 cities across the U.S. Every 3 months, a sample of 250 male arrestees at each site submits to a voluntary, anonymous interview about their drug abuse and treatment history as well as a urinalysis that tests for the presence of 10 drugs. The prevalence of cocaine use among arrestees in the 2 to 3 days prior to the urinalysis was 10 times greater than that found in surveys of the general population which measured drug use during the previous month. Cocaine was found in arrestees in all major cities participating in the DUF program and in all ages. The drug was used by all types of offenders. Female arrestees reported higher levels of injection than male arrestees; the subjects administered cocaine by smoking crack, freebasing, snorting cocaine powder, and injecting. The findings underscore the need to get a more comprehensive picture of drug trends in the country by considering the prevalence of drug use among the criminal and other hidden populations. 3 figures, 6 tables, and 8 references
Main Term(s): Cocaine; Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Drug Use Forecasting system; Prediction; Urinalysis
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