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NCJ Number: 154178 Find in a Library
Title: Self-Reported Drug Misuse in England and Wales: Findings From the 1992 British Crime Survey
Author(s): J Mott; C Mirrlees-Black
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London. SW1H 9AT, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85893-351-X
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London. SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Over 7,000 people aged between 12 and 59 who were living in private households in England and Wales and participated in the 1992 British Crime Survey were asked to complete a booklet of questions about their knowledge and use of 13 drugs or substances "which people are not supposed to take unless they have a doctor's prescription."
Abstract: They were asked to indicate whether they had heard of the drugs, whether they had ever taken any of them, if they had been offered any "in the last 12 months," whether they had taken any "in the last 12 months," and which methods of taking drugs they had tried. The drugs asked about were amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, crack, Ecstasy, heroin, LSD, methadone, temazepam, semeron (a fictitious drug), "Magic Mushrooms" (containing psilocybin), and glue/gas/aerosols as well as "unknown pills" and "something to smoke unknown." The response rate of the 16- to 59-year-olds in the core sample to the ever-taken-a-drug question has been estimated as 72 percent. Almost one-quarter (23 percent) of these respondents failed to indicate on the survey whether they had taken a drug in the last 12 months. The method by which the 12- to 15-year-old sample was collected made it impossible to calculate a precise response rate, but the researchers' best estimate is 55 percent. Extensive tables and figures, 18 references, and an appended questionnaire
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): England; Foreign crime statistics; Offense statistics; Self-report studies; Wales
Note: Research and Planning Unit Paper 89. DCC. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program.
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