Epidemiology of drug abuse: an overview

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Science  21 Nov 1986:
Vol. 234, Issue 4779, pp. 970-974
DOI: 10.1126/science.3490691


Issues regarding the use of epidemiology in drug abuse research are discussed and systems for monitoring national trends and identifying risk factors are described. Data indicate a general decline in marijuana use among youth, a cohort aging effect among heroin and marijuana users, and increased prevalence and health consequences associated with cocaine use.