Drug use among welfare recipients in the United States

Jorge Delva, Yehuda D. Neumark, Carolyn D M Furr, James C. Anthony

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Abstract

This study examined the prevalence of drug use in a nationally representative sample of 1989 recipients and 6840 nonrecipients of four welfare programs. Data from the 1995 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) were analyzed using the conditional form of multiple logistic regression with matching of respondents on neighborhood of residence. Weighted proportions and variances accounting for the complex sample design of the NHSDA survey were estimated using the Taylor series linearization method. The results indicate that drug use is 50% more common in households with welfare recipients than in nonwelfare households. Programs making welfare eligibility contingent on the recipient working toward a drug-free lifestyle are worth examining, although a vigilant eye must be kept on the potential unintended consequences.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages335-342
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

Profile

Pharmaceutical Preparations
Surveys and Questionnaires
Substance-Related Disorders
Life Style
Cross-Sectional Studies
Logistic Models

Keywords

  • Conditional logistic regression
  • Drugs
  • Epidemiology
  • Poststratification
  • Welfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Drug use among welfare recipients in the United States. / Delva, Jorge; Neumark, Yehuda D.; Furr, Carolyn D M; Anthony, James C.

In: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2000, p. 335-342.

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Delva, Jorge ; Neumark, Yehuda D. ; Furr, Carolyn D M ; Anthony, James C./ Drug use among welfare recipients in the United States. In: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 2000 ; Vol. 26, No. 2. pp. 335-342
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