History of head injury among substance users: Preliminary findings

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Traumatic brain injury is associated with a variety of problems in cognitive functioning that may be related to substance use and that may influence recovery. This pilot study of 591 inmates in medium and minimum-security prisons examined self-reports of head injury, mental health problems, and health service utilization in three groups: no head injury, one head injury, and two or more head injuries. The group with multiple head injuries reported significantly more emergency room visits, more hospital admission, and number of hospital stays when compared with those with no head injury. This preliminary analysis reflects a need for additional research on brain injury among substance misusers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-768
Number of pages12
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - 2001

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Funding Information:
Supported by grant number #DA 11309–01 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health.


  • Drug abuse
  • Head injury
  • Incarcerated males
  • Service utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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