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Homelessness and Drug Abuse in New Haven
Gary F. Spinner; Philip J. Leaf
Psychiatric Services 1992; doi:
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The authors thank William (Thabbit) Leach, Stephanie Harawell, John Martinez, Ida Rhodes, and Michael White for help in interviewing, Victor Golubchikov for help in analyzing the data, and the homeless men and women of New Haven who participated in the study. The study was partly funded by grant SRCA(63)-I-UO1-AA08774-01 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Hill Health Center, 400 Columbus Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut 06519

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore

1992 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The prevalence of drug abuse among homeless people in New Haven, Connecticut, was examined using questionnaire data collected from 80 percent of all homeless persons (N= 181) residing in the city's five emergency shelters during a four-week study period in 1990. Fifty-four percent of the sample had used drugs during the 30 days before the interview, and almost two-thirds during the previous year. Cocaine was reported to be the most frequently used drug. Almost one-fourth of the sample identified drug use as the primary reason for their homelessness. Drug use was most prevalent among people who had been homeless for six months to three years and less prevalent among newly homeless people and people who had been homeless four years or more.

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