Comparison of patterns of illicit drug use in Australia and the United States

Maxwell, Jane C. & Davey, Jeremy D. (1997) Comparison of patterns of illicit drug use in Australia and the United States. Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, USA, Texas.


Patterns in substance use and abuse are changing more and more quickly in the US, and they are spreading across the world at a very rapid pace. Part of the speed of these changes is due to increasing supplies of drugs, especially heroin; part is due to new marketing strategies that target more affluent customers; and part is due to increasing use of the Internet, which provides detailed information on new ways to produce and use drugs. As the drug scene has become global, no country is isolated. This paper, which is a summary of the trends reported at the 1995, 1996, and 1997 Community Epidemiology Work Group meetings in the US, along with the results of the 1995 Australian National Drug Household Survey, the 1995 US National Survey on Drug Abuse, the 1996 Australian Drug Trends Report, school surveys, and surveys of adults and juveniles in prison and detention facilities in New South Wales and Texas, shows the similarities between the US and Australia.

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ID Code: 8720
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: drug abuse
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: © November 1997, Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA)
Copyright Statement: TCADA grants full permission to reproduce and distribute any part of this document for non-commercial use. Appropriate credit is appreciated.
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2012 23:56

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