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NCJ Number: 135916 Find in a Library
Title: Concept Paper on Improving Measures for Better Estimation of Drug Abuse Prevalence and Consequences
Author(s): M D Anglin; Y Hser
Corporate Author: University of California, Los Angeles
Drug Abuse Research Group
Neuropsychiatric Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 4
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Document: PDF
Type: Measurement/Evaluation Device
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper identifies the domains to be measured in the improvement of drug abuse (cocaine) prevalence estimation and suggests improvements for existing data series on the prevalence of drug abuse.
Abstract: Three basic types of measures are important for the estimation of the extent and consequences of drug abuse: the number of persons involved, the number and nature of episodes of use, and the volume of drugs consumed. In the case of numbers of persons, the types of users should also be estimated. Current data systems have been criticized on several grounds including coverage, consistency, and comparability. With limited resources available for improved measurement, priority should be given to the comparability of data across sources, time, and geographical areas. Comparability requires that definitions and inclusion criteria be consistent so that the extent of overlap between data sources can be estimated. The highest priority for any new data series should be the enhancement or augmentation of existing drug abuse indicators. The proposed nationwide minimum data set to be used for drug treatment admissions and discharges extends admission data collected and reported by some States to be more nationally representative.
Main Term(s): Drug use; Estimating methods
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Data collections
Note: Prepared for the Bureau of Justice Statistics/Rand Seminar held June 25 and 26, 1990.
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