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Addiction. 2003 Dec;98(12):1705-11.

Neighborhood effects on drug reporting.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. jrichardson@psych.uic.edu

Abstract

AIMS:

To examine whether neighborhood racial characteristics are associated with the under reporting of life time cocaine/crack use.

DESIGN:

A household survey of high-risk communities with above-average admissions to state-supported drug and alcohol treatment programs.

SETTING:

Chicago, Illinois, USA.

PARTICIPANTS:

A total of 303 adults.

MEASURES:

Self-reported use of cocaine/crack during a respondent's life time, hair test assays for cocaine use and level of neighborhood diversity measured using the Simpson Index.

FINDINGS:

Respondents from more segregated neighborhoods were more likely than those from diverse neighborhoods to under report life time cocaine/crack use.

CONCLUSIONS:

Neighborhood racial characteristics should be considered as an important factor in household surveys on illicit substance use.

PMID:
14651502
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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