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

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

Author Laranjeira, R. Google Scholar
Rassi, R. Google Scholar
Dunn, J. Google Scholar
Fernandes, M. Google Scholar
Mitsuhiro, S. Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Objectives: To investigate the 2-year outcome of the first 131 crack cocaine users who had been admitted for a period of inpatient treatment.Design: Follow-up study of consecutive patients admitted between 1992 and 1994.Setting: Inpatient detoxification unit of a public general hospital in São 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 months, 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 using the drug within 2 years of inpatient treatment.
Keywords crack cocaine
follow up
Language English
Date 2001-01-01
Published in Journal of Addictive Diseases. Binghamton: Haworth Press Inc, v. 20, n. 1, p. 43-48, 2001.
ISSN 1055-0887 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Haworth Press Inc
Extent 43-48
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000167867700005

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