Cocaine – Profiles, Drug Histories and Patterns of Use of Patients from Brazil

26 de novembro de 20131min

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Cocaine – Profiles, Drug Histories and Patterns of Use of Patients from Brazil
John Dunn,and Ronaldo Laranjeira

We studied profiles and drug histories of 294 cocaine users from 15 treatment services in São Paulo, Brazil. Mean age of subjects was 27 years and 90% were male. Over 50% had used five different substances apart from cocaine, usually tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, tranquillisers and solvents. Mean age at first cocaine use was 18.9 years when 87% had snorted the drug. Thirty-two percent had injected cocaine, 82% had smoked crack and 74% reported a full transition of route. Sixty-three percent reported daily cocaine use. Median duration of cocaine use was 6.3 years. Acts of acquisitive crime were common and 56% had been arrested. Our finding are discussed in terms of implications for prevention and treatment.


Sobre a UNIAD

A Unidade de Pesquisa em álcool e Drogas (UNIAD) foi fundada em 1994 pelo Prof. Dr. Ronaldo Laranjeira e John Dunn, recém-chegados da Inglaterra. A criação contou, na época, com o apoio do Departamento de Psiquiatria da UNIFESP. Inicialmente (1994-1996) funcionou dentro do Complexo Hospital São Paulo, com o objetivo de atender funcionários dependentes.



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