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Am J Public Health. 2003 Dec;93(12):2079-85.

Substance use, dependence, and service utilization among the US uninsured nonelderly population.

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  • 1RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC 12194, USA. liwu@rti.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the prevalence and correlates of substance use, dependence, and service utilization among uninsured persons aged 12 to 64 years.

METHODS:

We drew study data from the 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse.

RESULTS:

An estimated 80% of uninsured nonelderly persons reported being uninsured for more than 6 months in the prior year. Only 9% of these uninsured persons who were dependent on alcohol or drugs had received any substance abuse service in the past year. Non-Hispanic Whites were an estimated 3 times more likely than Blacks to receive substance abuse services.

CONCLUSIONS:

Compared with the privately insured, uninsured persons had increased odds of having alcohol/drug dependence and appeared to face substantial barriers to health services for substance use problems.

PMID:
14652338
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PMCID:
PMC1283119
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