Crack cocaine use in Barcelona: A reason of worry

Lucio Garcia Oliveira, Julio De Carvalho Ponce, Solange Aparecida Nappo

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In Spain, crack cocaine use is silently increasing. In Barcelona, an intentional sample was selected to describe the general characteristics of this consumption. Participants were submitted to an interview and data were analyzed through qualitative research procedures. Users are young males and of low socioeconomic status and formal education. The major pattern of use is compulsive. Illegal income activities are the choice for crack cocaine or money acquisition, increasing individual and social health costs. Polydrug use is a matter of concern. Although these findings can not be generalized, they should be considered for the development of public policies to adequately address crack cocaine users' needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2291-2300
Number of pages10
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

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