Prevalence of Interactive Multiple Substance Abuse Among Youth in Drug Treatment
This paper is an examination of interactive multiple substance abuse (IMSA) among youth admitted to treatment for drug abuse. IMSA is defined as the abuse of two or more drugs to “boost, balance, or counteract” the effects of one or more of the substances. The inquiry was directed toward the interaction among drugs that were used in the same day, usually over a period of several hours. IMSA can be viewed as the attempt on the part of the individual to regulate, adjust, or fine-tune his drug induced state in order to achieve his/her preferred mood state.
KeywordsSuicide Attempt Toxic Reaction Synergistic Combination Interactive Combination Minor Tranquilizer
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