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Pediatrics. 1999 Jan;103(1):E6.

Prevalence, patterns, and correlates of voluntary flunitrazepam Use.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX 77555-0587, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine prevalence, patterns, and correlates of voluntary flunitrazepam use in a sample of sexually active adolescent and young adult women 14 to 26 years of age.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional survey.

SETTING:

University-based ambulatory reproductive health clinics.

PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

There were 904 women self-identified as white, African-American, or Mexican-American.

INTERVENTIONS:

None.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Lifetime, frequency, patterns, and physical effects of flunitrazepam use.

RESULTS:

Lifetime use was reported by 5.9% (n = 53) of subjects, with frequency of use ranging from 1 to 40 times. Flunitrazepam was taken most often with alcohol (74%), and 49% took this substance with other illicit drugs. Logistic regression analyses controlling for age and race/ethnicity found that users were significantly more likely than were nonusers to report lifetime use of marijuana (odds ratio [OR] = 3.6) or LSD (OR = 5.2), having a peer or partner who used flunitrazepam (OR = 21.7), pressure to use flunitrazepam when out with friends (OR = 2.7), and a mother who had at least a high school education (OR = 2.6). Finally, 10% of voluntary users reported experiencing subsequent physical or sexual victimization.

CONCLUSIONS:

Voluntary use of flunitrazepam is becoming a health concern to sexually active young women who reside in the southwestern United States. Young women who have used LSD or marijuana in the past or who have a peer or partner who used this drug appear to be at the greatest risk.

PMID:
9917486
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