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Under the counter: the diffusion of narcotic analgesics to the inner city street.

TitleUnder the counter: the diffusion of narcotic analgesics to the inner city street.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsVivian, James, Hassan Saleheen, Merrill Singer, Juhem Navarro, and Greg Mirhej
JournalJournal of ethnicity in substance abuse
Date Published2005
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, African Continental Ancestry Group, Analgesics, Opioid, Cause of Death, Connecticut, Cross-Cultural Comparison, Cultural Diversity, Dose-Response Relationship, Drug, Drug Interactions, European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Health Surveys, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Opioid-Related Disorders, Overdose, Risk Assessment, Socioeconomic Factors, Street Drugs, Urban Population
AbstractDuring the past decade, there has been a well-documented rise in the non-medical use of prescription painkillers, often referred to as narcotics analgesics (NA). Relatively little is known, however, about who these users are, the range of health and social consequences associated with their use and the presence of illicit NA use on the inner city street. Results of a survey conducted with a sample of 242 street drug users indicated that NA use is now widespread in the inner city, and that it is associated with a number of serious health and psychiatric conditions. Other characteristics of this emerging drug user group are explored and the need for future research is highlighted.
Alternate JournalJ Ethn Subst Abuse

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