Contemporary Drug Problems

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, Summer

A Qualitative Study of Self-Managed Change in Substance Dependence among Women
Alcohol and drug abuse and dependence are common disorders in our society, and the vast majority of those who recover do so without formal treatment. Although this phenomenon appears to be more common among women than men, no study reported in the literature...
Community and Treatment Program Challenges for Chemically Dependent American Indian and Alaska Native Women
Alcohol and other drug (AOD) use is a serious and growing problem among American Indian and Alaska Native (Al/AN) women. In addition, there is wide variation across communities in AOD use patterns, access to treatment for substance use, and access to...
Differential Item Functioning of the CAGE, TWEAK, BMAST, and AUDIT by Gender and Ethnicity
A number of screening instruments for alcohol dependence (AD) or problem drinking are currently in use in primary care settings. This study tests for differential item functioning by gender and ethnicity of the CAGE, TWEAK, brief MAST (BMAST), and AUDIT...
Life Histories of Crack-Using African-American Homeless Men: Salient Themes
In-depth life history interviews with 31 African-American male crack-cocaine users in Philadelphia were conducted as part of a demonstration project on homeless substance-abuse programs. Topics analyzed include the informants' extensive experience of...
"One of the Major Problems of Our Society": Symbolism and Evidence of Drug Harms in U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
When a government action impinges on important individual rights, the United States Supreme Court is compelled to identify the harms it perceives in a behavior or practice in order to assess the constitutionality of a statute, a government policy, or...
On Writing a White Paper on Drug Policy
In February 1997, the Norwegian government presented a white paper to Stortinget (the Norwegian Parliament) on drug policy. Two quite different aspects related to the white paper are discussed in this article-and more questions are raised than will be...
The "Swedish Model" of Dealing with Alcohol Problems: Historical Trends and Future Challenges
The paper describes and analyzes the development of prevention and care of alcohol problems in Sweden, from the emergence of the temperance issue as a public concern at the turn of the 19th century to the economic and ideological changes that seem to...