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NCJ Number: 151210 Find in a Library
Title: Trends in Heroin Use Among Arrestees in the Drug Use Forecasting Program
Author(s): B D Johnson; A Golub; M Hossain
Corporate Author: National Development and Research Institute, Inc. (NDRI)
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: National Development and Research Institute, Inc. (NDRI)
New York, NY 10010
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
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US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
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Grant Number: 89-IJ-R-033; 1-7502-NY-IJ; 87-IJ-CX-0064; 1 R01 DA005126-03; 5 T32 DA07233-09;1 R01 DA06615-02
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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report investigates whether and how much heroin use and abuse has increased among a subpopulation at high risk for heroin abuse, i.e., persons arrested for criminal offenses.
Abstract: The Drug Use Forecasting (DUF) program was designed to document trends in illicit drug use among booked arrestees in several major cities. A secondary analysis was conducted with data from DUF Manhattan for 1987-91 and for 22 DUF cities combined for 1988-89. The central findings which emerged from the study included the following: (1) There is no evidence suggesting any increases or sustained upswings in heroin use among arrestees; (2) Data document substantial declines in heroin use among arrestees; and (3) Heroin initiation remained relatively constant among heroin-using arrestees, although considerable quarterly fluctuation was evident. The impact of increase in supplies, availability, and purity of heroin (which may be transitory) remain to be well measured and systematically documented. A variety of possible interpretations for the decline in heroin use are provided. Tables, graphs, figures, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Drug Use Forecasting system; Heroin; Trend analysis
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