Use of drugs among street children in Brazil

Use of drugs among street children in Brazil

Author Noto, Ana R. Google Scholar
Nappo, Solange A. Google Scholar
Galduroz, José CF Google Scholar
Mattei, Rita Google Scholar
Carlini, Elisaldo A. Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract The purpose of this study has been to assess drug consumption among children in five Brazilian state capitals during 1993. The sample was composed of street children who were given assistance in institutions, and data was collected by means of anonymous individual interviews. Five hundred sixty five boys and girls were interviewed: 74.3% reported having used drugs (not including alcohol and tobacco) at least once in their life. Solvents, followed by marijuana, were the most cited drugs. important regional differences were observed concerning other drugs. Consumption of cocaine, including crack, seems restricted to the southeast region, whereas psychotropic medication was consumed more in the northeast of the country. Drug initiation among these children seems to be a consequence of street life and is part of their group lifestyle.
Keywords drug abuse
psychotropic drugs
street children
Language English
Date 1997-04-01
Published in Journal Of Psychoactive Drugs. San Francisco: Haight-ashbury Publ, v. 29, n. 2, p. 185-192, 1997.
ISSN 0279-1072 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Haight-ashbury Publ
Extent 185-192
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:A1997XQ32300010

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