Characteristics of cocaine users in a private inpatient treatment setting

Lon R. Hays, David Farabee, Pukur Patel

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Patient records were reviewed from an eighteen-month period of a private hospital adult addictive disease unit. Of 667 consecutive admissions, sixty- five (49 males, 16 females) were diagnosed with cocaine abuse or dependence; 38 percent were from rural areas. Although mean age of males and females was similar, males had a longer duration of use (8.2 years versus 5.8 years), however, females used an average of 14 grams per week versus 9.5 grams per week for males. African-American patients were over-represented among the cocaine using sample and also among the sample who chose smoking as their route of administration. A larger percentage of males had legal problems and admitted to 'dealing,' when compared to females. Those from rural areas were more likely to be married and less apt to have legal problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Drug Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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