Crack cocaine - A two-year follow-up of treated patients

Citation
R. Laranjeira et al., Crack cocaine - A two-year follow-up of treated patients, J ADDICT D, 20(1), 2001, pp. 43-48
Citations number
10
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ADDICTIVE DISEASES
ISSN journal
1055-0887 → ACNP
Volume
20
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
43 - 48
Database
ISI
SICI code
1055-0887(2001)20:1<43:CC-ATF>2.0.ZU;2-V
Abstract
Objectives: To investigate the 2-year outcome of the first 131 crack cocain e users who had been admitted for a period of inpatient treatment. Design: Follow-up study of consecutive patients admitted between 1992 and 1 994. Setting: Inpatient detoxification unit of a public general hospital in Sao Paulo City, Brazil. Participants: 131 consecutive crack cocaine users. Measures: Reported crack use during last 12 months, incarceration and death . Findings: After 2 years, 50 patients reported crack use in the last 12 mont hs, 29 said that they had not used it during this period, 9 were in prison, 13 had died, 2 had disappeared and no information was available on 28. Conclusions: Crack cocaine use seems to be associated with a high mortality rate and criminal involvement but about one-third of patients give up usin g the drug within 2 years of inpatient treatment.