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Drug Abuse Trend Report, Fiscal Year 1982/83 Through Fiscal Year 1986/87

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81 pages
This report describes and highlights the drug problem and drug trends from 1982 through 1987, and seeks to help those battling drug abuse to understand the problem and respond more effectively.
Admissions into clinics as reported to the California Drug Abuse Data System (CAL-DADS) are increasing. The number of drug addicts admitted for heroin abuse is declining, while those admitted for the abuse of amphetamines and cocaine are rising. Female admissions as a percent of the total increased, and that rise is most noticeable when PCP is the primary drug. Growing numbers of white, Asians, and Native Americans are admitted for amphetamine abuse. Among juveniles, cocaine, amphetamine, heroin, and PCP admissions rose more rapidly than among any other age group, while the most abused drug among juveniles continues to be marijuana. Admissions for smoking cocaine has risen from 17.2 percent to 49.8 percent of all cocaine admissions from 1982 to 83 and 1986 to 87, and the arrest rate for narcotic law violations is greater for adults than for juveniles. Court diversions for violations of narcotic laws have increased from 5.5 percent of all diversions to 21.5 percent. 32 Graphs, 35 Tables.