Polydrug Abuse

Polydrug Abuse

The Results of a National Collaborative Study

1st Edition - January 28, 1978

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  • Editors: Donald R. Wesson, Albert S. Carlin, Kenneth M. Adams
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276458

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Polydrug Abuse: The Results of a National Collaborative Study reports on the findings of a national study of polydrug users, initiated and organized by the Special Action Office of Drug Abuse Prevention. This book provides a comprehensive demographic, sociological, psychological, and medical study of polydrug cases. The chapters in the text cover the varieties and classification of polydrug abusers; an estimation of the magnitude of polydrug abuse; certain central nervous system consequences to chronic drug use; and the impact of polydrug abuse on physicians and other deliverers of health care. Physicians, epidemiologists, drug enforcers, and government policy makers will find the book interesting.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors



    Chapter I Introduction

    An Overview of the Population Studied

    Methods of Classifying Polydrug Abusers

    Social Cost

    Visability of the Patient Population

    Part 1 Classification and Description of the Polydrug Users

    Editors' Introduction

    Chapter II Referral Sources and Outreach: Critical Variables in Understanding the Polydrug-Abusing Sample

    Differential Psychosocial Characteristics

    Related to Referral Source

    Chapter III Nonpatient Polydrug Users




    Chapter IV Female Polydrug Abusers

    Rationale Offered for Sex-Linked Differences in Drug Use Patterns

    Data on Psychoactive Drug Use and Abuse

    Subpopulations of Female Population



    Chapter V Two Typologies of Polydrug Abusers

    Streetwise and Self-Medication Dimensions

    Sex and Streetwise Orientation


    Chapter VI An Empirical Typology of Multiple Drug Abusers




    Chapter VII Dimensions of Polydrug Abuse: An MMPI Study

    Classes of Substance Abusers

    Study Sample


    Part 2 Epidemiology

    Editors' Introduction

    Chapter VIII Incidence of First Use of Nonopiate Drugs: Inferences from Current Data

    Sampling Problems: The Selectivity of Incidence Data

    Interpretation of Incidence Data: Its Relationship to Drug Abuse

    Empirical First-Use Data from Treatment Programs

    Which Drugs are Most Abused?

    Histories of Misuse: Temporal Sequences and Micro-Demographic Differences in Peak Onset

    The Progression Hypothesis: Inferences from Incidence Analysis


    A Definitive Incidence Study

    Chapter IX Three National Estimates of Prevalence of Nonopiate Drug Abuse

    The "Alcoholism" Method

    Comparison Survey Method


    Part 3 Central Nervous System Consequences of Polydrug Abuse

    Editors' Introduction

    Chapter Χ Neuropsychological Effects of Polydrug Abuse




    Three-Month Follow-Up Evaluation Results


    Chapter XI Neuropsychological Impairment and Psychopathology


    Literature Review


    Chapter XII Comparison of Results from Serially Collected Neuropsychological and EEG Data



    Comparison of Halstead-Retain Data with that Obtained by Compressed Spectral Analysis of the EGG


    Chapter XIII Sleep Patterns of Abusers During Titration and Withdrawal from Methaqualone or Secobarbital




    Part 4 Impact of Polydrug Abuse on Nondrug Abuse Health Delivery System

    Editors' Introduction

    Chapter XIV Physician Attitudes Concerning Drug Abuse Treatment

    Some Field Observations

    Physician Opinion Survey

    Data Analysis

    Therapeutic Pessimism Scale

    Needs in Drug Abuse as Perceived by Physicians

    Discussion and Summary

    Chapter XV Response of Traditional Health Care Agencies to Nonopiate Abusers




    Part 5 Conclusions and Recommendations

    Editors' Introduction

    Chapter XVI Some Observations on Collaborative Data Management

    Collaborative Research Projects

    Sampling Considerations

    The Collaborative Group Process

    Step Funding

    Data-Related Issues

    The Importance of Record Design

    The Master File

    Master File Planning

    The Data Flow

    Statistical Packages and Data Exchange

    In Closing

    Chapter XVII Conclusions and Recommendations for Future Research

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 422
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: January 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276458

About the Editors

Donald R. Wesson

Albert S. Carlin

Kenneth M. Adams

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