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Thomas F. Babor, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Griffith Edwards, Benedikt Fischer, David R. Foxcroft, Keith Humphreys, Isidore S. Obot, Jürgen Rehm, Peter Reuter, Robin Room, Ingeborg Rossow, and John Strang

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557127.001.0001

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The international dimensions of drug use

The international dimensions of drug use

(p.27) Chapter 3 The international dimensions of drug use
Drug Policy and the Public Good

Thomas Babor

Jonathan Caulkins

Griffith Edwards

Benedikt Fischer

David Foxcroft

Keith Humphreys

Isidore Obot

Jürgen Rehm

Peter Reuter

Robin Room

Ingeborg Rossow

John Strang

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that significant progress has been made in developing the methodological tools needed to assess variations in incidence rates of drug use and prevalence trends over time. Topics discussed include the current scope of drug use, population prevalence estimates, trends in drug use, prevalence of drug use by young persons, trends in youth drug use, variations in drug use within populations, injection drug use, and individual trajectories and drug use careers. Drug use and its related problems do not occur randomly. Some nations and some neighbourhoods are more likely at times to experience high rates of drug use, and some individuals are more likely to initiate and continue heavy drug use. The fact that problem drug use is most often interwoven in a complex network of other social problems, both at the individual level and at the societal level, implies that strategies to prevent drug use or drug-related harms need to address this complexity.

Keywords:   drug use, drug abuse, youth drug use, population trends

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