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Drug Taking in Adolescent Girls: Factors Associated with the Progression to Narcotic Use

Br Med J 1971; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5762.620 (Published 12 June 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;2:620
  1. Peter Noble,
  2. Gill Gorell Barnes

    Abstract

    A follow-up study of girls in a London remand home during the years 1966-8 showed that 20·6% of those taking non-narcotic drugs on admission, but only 1% of non-drug-taking control admissions, had used narcotics by June 1970. Narcotic use on admission and progression to narcotic use were associated with frequent drug taking, marked involvement in a drug milieu, and a high incidence of personal morbidity. Adolescents who use illicit drugs and have a history of court appearances for any reason are particularly vulnerable to subsequent narcotic usage and other forms of serious drug abuse.