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Locating Drug Addicts Who Have Dropped Out of Treatment
Robert J. Craig
Psychiatric Services 1979; doi:
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West Side Veterans Administration Hospital Chicago, Illinois

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Staff at a VA-sponsored drug treatment center followed up dropouts one year after they left the program; they were able to locate 80 per cent of those clients. The staff found several contacts useful in locating the difficult-to-find population, including the addicts' mothers, other drug programs, prisons, and the department of motor vehicles. To make it easier for researchers to track down dropouts, the author suggests that when patients enter a program they should be required to give names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least two friends or relatives who would know where they were. Staff should emphasize to patients that the infonnation is for research purposes and that confidentiality will be preserved.

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