High dose cocaine use in São Paulo: A comparison of treatment and community samples

High dose cocaine use in São Paulo: A comparison of treatment and community samples

Author Ferri, C. P. Google Scholar
Gossop, M. Google Scholar
Laranjeira, R. R. Google Scholar
Institution Natl Addict Ctr
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract This cross-sectional study investigates patterns of drug use and associated problems among 332 cocaine users from treatment and community samples in São Paulo, Brazil. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire and the Severity of Dependence Scale (SDS). the majority were regular users of high doses of smoked cocaine. After controlling for severity of cocaine use, users in the community were found to be more involved in illegal activities, more likely to report adverse effects of cocaine, to be involved in prostitution, and to have lived on the streets. Better methods are required to provide interventions to tackle the problems and risk behaviors of these cocaine users.
Keywords cocaine
treatment and community sample
health risk behavior
Language English
Date 2001-01-01
Published in Substance Use & Misuse. New York: Marcel Dekker Inc, v. 36, n. 3, p. 237-255, 2001.
ISSN 1082-6084 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Marcel Dekker Inc
Extent 237-255
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1081/JA-100102624
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000170045300001
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/26457

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