Scottish cocaine users: wealthy snorters or delinquent smokers?

Ditton, J. et al. (1991) Scottish cocaine users: wealthy snorters or delinquent smokers? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 28(3), pp. 269-276. (doi: 10.1016/0376-8716(91)90060-C) (PMID:1752201)

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Abstract

Ninty-two cocaine users were interviewed in Scotland. Most were middle-class nasal users, also used other drugs and generally gave cocaine a positive rating. One half of them had at some time used cocaine more than once a week. For some, this period lasted some months, when as much as 30 'lines' of cocaine were used per day of cocaine use. More of these heavy users reported adverse effects of cocaine than was the case for light users. Nonetheless, most heavy users had reduced their use by themselves to the point that their current cocaine use was no different from that of light users. Possible explanations for this apparently spontaneous reduction are discussed.

Item Type:Articles (Other)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ditton, Dr Jason and Mullen, Dr Kenneth and Henderson, Prof Marion and Forsyth, Dr Alasdair
Authors: Ditton, J., Farrow, K., Forsyth, A., Hammersley, R., Hunter, G., Lavelle, T., Mullen, K., Smith, I., Davies, J., Henderson, M., Morrison, V., Bain, D., Elliot, L., Fox, A., Geddes, B., Green, R., Taylor, J., Dalgarno, P., Ferguson, I., Phillips, S., and Watt, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0376-8716
ISSN (Online):1879-0046

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