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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2012 Jan;38(1):108-13. doi: 10.3109/00952990.2011.600397. Epub 2011 Aug 11.

Use of Salvia divinorum in a nationally representative sample.

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School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. beperron@umich.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Salvia divinorum has known hallucinogenic effects and is legal in most parts of the United States. Given that this psychoactive substance has a potential of misuse and abuse, further data regarding the clinical and psychosocial factors associated with use are needed.

OBJECTIVES:

To examine the clinical and psychosocial characteristics associated with use of salvia.

METHODS:

The study uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2008 (N = 55,623).

RESULTS:

The results of this study suggest that salvia use is most common among young adults aged 18-25 years as well as individuals who had engaged in risk-taking behaviors (selling illicit drugs, stealing) or illicit drug use (especially other hallucinogens/ecstasy). Self-reported depression and anxiety were also associated with salvia use. CONCLUSIONS/SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: The results provide evidence that salvia use is part of a broader constellation of psychosocial and behavioral problems among youth and young adults. The accessibility, legal status, and psychoactive effects of salvia can be a potentially complicating health risk to young people, especially among those with existing substance use problems.

PMID:
21834614
PMCID:
PMC3408869
DOI:
10.3109/00952990.2011.600397
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