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One of the most controversial areas for health care reform concerns the treatment of alcohol and other drug problems, which account for some of the most rapidly rising costs in the health care sector. There is arguably no other set of conditions that show such variation in accessibility to...
The use of rapid, on-site drug detection devices is reviewed. These tests permit the detection of various psychoactive substances in urine, and are easily used by nonskilled personnel. Saliva tests are available for detection of alcohol. These rapid tests have varying degrees of accuracy, and it...
To estimate prospectively the concordance between diagnoses of alcoholism by a physician and by use of a questionnaire-type screening test in patients in a coronary care unit, we studied 608 patients admitted to a coronary care unit in a 5 1/2-month period. The results from the Self-Administered...
The purpose of this project was to study women at high risk for contracting AIDS from intravenous drug use or from sexual contact with addicts. Characteristics of the population, differences between HIV + and HIV - women, substance abuse in primary caretakiers of this high risk population, and...
Analysis of data from a nationally representative sample of Hispanic youths age 12-17 and their parents was done to investigate the impact of a number of variables on youths' drug-using behavior. The significance of youth, household, and parental characteristics were tested using measures of...
This article attempts to summarize the results of clinical trials on various pharmacotherapies for cocaine abuse described in the literature. A wide variety of drugs have been used for cocaine abuse. They include drugs for the treatment of coexisting psychiatric disorders, cocaine antagonists,...
In order to assess the usefulness of pharmacotherpeutic agents in cocaine treatment, all 3,631 physician members of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) were surveyed. Five hundred and two physicians indicated use of pharmacotherapies, involving treatment experiences with...
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