Jacob Schut, M.D.; Barbara A. Naglin; Karen File; Theodora Wohlmuth
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A comparison of admissions over a 4-year period in a large outpatient methadone maintenance facility showed some startling patterns regarding initial drug use and drug-taking behavior. First, there has been a strong shift away from the use of marijuana as the first drug used, with the narcotics, especially heroin, significantly replacing marijuana. Secondly, a significant majority of patients began using their first narcotic before their twenty-first birthday, becoming addicted, therefore, at a much earlier age than previously noted. Thirdly, more than three fourths of patients admitted used drugs other than heroin in the 2-month period before treatment, a complete reversal
Schut J, Naglin BA, File K, Wohlmuth T. A New Pattern of Drug Addiction.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:814–815. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-814_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):814-815.
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