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A Very Greedy Drug: Cocaine in Context

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:837
  1. Carmen L Masson, postdoctoral fellow,
  2. Amy L Copeland, predoctoral intern,
  3. James L Sorensen, adjunct professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, USA.

    Jason Ditton, Richard Hammersley, Samuel Philips, Alasdair Forsyth,

    Furzana Khan for the Scottish Cocaine Research Group /

    Harwood Academic, £11, pp 151 /

    ISBN 3 7186 5904 2

    In 1989 a cocaine “crisis” or “panic” occurred in Britain regarding widespread use of crack-cocaine and its devastating consequences. There was fear that the United States' drug problem would spread to Britain's drug scene, with the same harmful effects. In response the Scottish Cocaine Research Group was established “to see whether any Scottish cocaine users existed” and, if they did, to see whether they were uncontrolled, high dose users or …

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