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By Robert M. Bray

This publication describes, relates and integrates findings from a learn of the Washington DC metropolitan region that checked out the character and volume of drug use in one city surroundings. The study method concerned focusing fairly on teams that have been regularly underrepresented in loved ones populations. The publication serves as a methodological primer on find out how to adopt a learn equivalent to this. It areas those findings within the greater context of the nationwide drug abuse challenge, in addition to comparable social ills equivalent to crime and homelessness. A concluding bankruptcy appears to be like squarely at many of the implications of the examine, pointing the best way for extra examine, yet particularly for public coverage judgements relating to drug use.

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1. The new mothers population refers to women in the Drug Use and Pregnancy Study. 2. For the homeless and transient population, persons aged 12 to 17 were combined with those aged 18 to 25. 3. These respondents ranged in age from 12 to 25. 4. The location was not included in the questionnaire to protect respondents' confidentiality. 5. For the homeless and transient and the juvenile offenders populations, persons aged 12 to 17 were excluded from the estimates of adult education. *Low precision.

Frequent cocaine users also were more likely than infrequent users to use alcohol and other drugs and to report dependence on cocaine. Approximately 40% of frequent cocaine users reported engaging in some type of property or violent crime in the past year, and frequent cocaine users were more likely than infrequent users to have criminal histories. S. household population, from 63% of the population reporting past month use in 1979 to 51% in 1996. Heavy alcohol use, however—defined in the NHSDA series of surveys as consuming five or more drinks per occasion on at least 5 or more days in the past month—has been more stable, at about 5% to 6% from 1988 to 1996 (SAMHSA, 1997a).

Rockville, MD: Author. University of Michigan. (1997, December 18). Drug use among American teens shows some signs of leveling after a long rise [Press release]. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan News and Information Services. S. General Accounting Office. (1993). S. House of Representatives, GAO/PEMD-93-18). Washington, DC: Author. S. Senate. (1990). Hard-core cocaine addicts: Measuring and fighting the epidemic (S. Rep. No. , May 10, Comm. on Judiciary). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

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