Defining and Measuring Drug Abusing Behaviors

  • Zili Sloboda

4. Conclusions

Drug abuse epidemiologists have made great progress in developing methodologies to measure an elusive public health problem over the past three decades. As we learn more about the biology of dependence, particularly the process of moving from use to addiction, we in the field may be able to refine our own measurements. In addition, as was pointed out by the IOM (1996), there is a great need for more research to examine co-occurring drug use, physical and psychiatric problems, and to continue to refine our methods of data collection and data analyses.


Drug Abuse Illicit Drug Alcohol Dependence Drug Abuser Social Security Administration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zili Sloboda
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  1. 1.Institute for Health and Social PolicyThe University of AkronAkron

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