Druglink article 1994 – The typical cocaine user by Jason Ditton and Richard Hammersley

Samples of cocaine users are usually recruited through treatment agencies. This gives a biased view of use patterns as typically escalating and problematic. Studies of cocaine users in the community as a whole show this is true only for a minority. A majority did not have problems thought typical of drug users. Users could be accurately divided into different types. One cheap and quick way of reaching ‘hidden’ drug users is using newspapers to distribute questionnaires.

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