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Int J Addict. 1985 Aug;20(8):1163-75.

Patterns of cocaine use among methadone clients.


This paper presents data on cocaine use and its consequences among 368 methadone-maintained clients. Data come from the Tristate Ethnographic Project (TRISEP), a study of methadone maintenance at four treatment programs in three states. Cocaine is a part of the drug use and social life of clients in methadone treatment; it is found not only among a handful of deviant clients but also among one-fifth of clients otherwise compliant with program rules. Cocaine is reported to be a high-status drug among clients, but one with potentially dangerous consequences. Cocaine is associated with increased criminal activity and exposure to violence and the addict life-style. It is reported to be a substitute high, an economic drain on the client user, and a possible route back into the life-style of addiction. Cocaine use, and the consequences stemming from that use, may affect the success or failure of treatment and, therefore, is of critical importance to the treatment community.

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