ERIC Number: ED038655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep-15
Reference Count: 0
Involvement in a Drug Subculture and Abstinence Following Treatment Among Puerto Rican Narcotic Addicts.
Snarr, Richard W.; Ball, John C.
The study investigated the life career of a sample of native Puerto Rican narcotic addicts who were treated at the Lexington, Kentucky Public Health Service Hospital. Specifically, it deals with the relationship between the addicts' involvement in a drug subculture and their subsequent drug use and abstinence. The hypothesis presented states that the higher the degree of involvement in the drug subculture, the less likely abstinence will follow a period of treatment. The sample consisted of 235 Puerto Rican residents whose post-release information was studied. An interview was conducted to obtain information of each subject's criminality, occupation, hospitalization and drug history. The report contains an index which measures the degree of involvement in a drug subculture. The study also indicated whether or not the patients were cured following a period of treatment. Included are five tables which reflect the findings: (1) the number of years spent taking drugs since onset; (2) the number of years of drug use for the cured group; (3) number of cures categorized by involvement; (4) the social position of the cured categorized by involvement; and (5) the number of cures categorized by involvement using the age of onset of opiate use as a control. (Author/MC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eastern Kentucky Univ., Richmond. School of Law Enforcement.; Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Dept. of Psychiatry.
Note: Paper presented at International Institute of Sociology Congress, Rome, Italy, September 15-21, 1969