First Drug Use in Relation to Drug Career Among Youth in Treatment for Drug Abuse

  • Yoav Santo


This paper centers on the relationship between first drug use and subsequent drug careers among youth admitted to treatment for drug abuse. First drug use was established by identifying the lowest age at which the client used any of the following 15 substance categories: heroin, illegal methadone, other opiates, alcohol, barbiturates, sedatives, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, hashish, hallucinogenics, inhalants, over-the-counter, phencyclidine (PCP) and an “other drug” category. Drug career as used here, pertains to the over-all pattern of drug use by the client as well as the psychosocial symptoms related to drug use such as overdose, drug and alcohol treatment, and substance related criminality.


Hard Drug Deferral Period Destructive Behavior Drug Career Multiple Classification Analysis 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoav Santo
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  1. 1.Polydrug Research CenterPhiladelphia Psychiatric CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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