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NCJ Number: 192484 Find in a Library
Title: Is the U.S. Experiencing an Incipient Epidemic of Hallucinogen Use?
Journal: Substance Use & Misuse  Volume:36  Issue:12  Dated:2001  Pages:1699-1729
Author(s): Andrew Golub Ph.D.; Bruce D. Johnson Ph.D.; Stephen J. Sifaneck Ph.D.; Benjamin Chesluk Ph.D.; Howard Parker
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 08543
Grant Number: 033027
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the growth in hallucinogen use in the United States from 1992-1996 and associated increases in cocaine, crack, heroin, and amphetamine use.
Abstract: The paper presents a secondary analysis of data from two surveys of the U.S. population: the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) and the Monitoring the Future (MTF) programs. The inquiry was also informed by limited qualitative information about the nature of club drugs venues and by a conceptualization for the dynamics of a drug use epidemic. The paper summarizes much of what is known about the nature of club drug venues from scientific publications. The central linkage between increased hallucinogen use and increased participation in "club drug venues" has not yet been established. This distinction represents more than a rhetorical exercise. Knowledge about the context(s) in which use of hallucinogens or other presumed club drugs has been growing has important implications for developing an appropriately targeted public policy response. National statistics strongly suggest that the marijuana/blunts subculture (at least a strong interest in marijuana) has diffused well beyond the inner city. In contrast, the quintessential club drugs use experience -- the rave -- offers all-night dancing to a wealthier, predominantly white population. The article notes that these two subcultures appear to have emerged simultaneously, although the extent of overlap is not yet clear. Figures, tables, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Data analysis; Designer drugs; Drug Policy; Drug use; Hallucinogens; Marijuana; MDMA (designer drug); Surveys
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