The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4093.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 7

Abstract #41537

September 11 and its aftermath: Assessing the impact on drug abuse in the United States

Marcia Meth, MA, Pulse Check, Johnson, Bassin & Shaw, Inc, 8630 Fenton Street, 12th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Rebecca Chalmers, MFA, Pulse Check, Johnson, Bassin & Shaw, Inc., 2730 Windwood Drive, #101, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, 734-761-9861,, and Anne McDonald Pritchett, MPA, White House Drug Policy Office, Executive Office of the President, 750 17th Street, N.W., Room 509, Washington, DC 20503.

In an effort to assess the terrorist attacks' impact on drug abuse, ONDCP explored the issue during 75 phone discussions conducted for its ongoing Pulse Check project during late November 2001through early January 2002. Epidemiologic, ethnographic, treatment, and law enforcement sources in 16 of the 20 project cities described a combination of diverse short- and long-term effects, such as increases in the following: demand for treatment, treatment admissions among youth, requests for services, attempts to self-medicate illicitly for anxiety or depression, use of prescription drugs as heroin substitutes, and anxiety among clients already in treatment for drug abuse. Sources also described disruptions in drug trafficking modes and routes, shifting distribution patterns, and declining availability of illegal drugs, particularly heroin.

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Keywords: Drug Abuse, Public Health Policy

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: Executive Office of the President Office of National Drug Control Policy
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Contract Number 282-98-0011, Task Order Number 10

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The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA