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When the drug of choice is a drug of confusion: embalming fluid use in inner city Hartford, CT.
J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2005; 4(2):73-96.JE

Abstract

This paper examines the use of a new illicit drug--embalming fluid mixtures--in Hartford, CT based on a recent assessment of drug consumption in an outreach-recruited sample of 242 not-in-treatment active drug users. Sociodemographic, drug use, and health and social problems of drug users who do and do not use embalming fluid mixture are presented, revealing some notable differences between these two groups of street drug users. Despite regular consumption, we report that embalming fluid mixture users are often uncertain about what is in this new drug, despite experiencing often powerful effects. Urine toxicology findings from a subsample of individuals who used embalming fluid mixtures in the last 48 hours, reveal the frequent presence of phencyclidine (PCP) as well as other drugs. The public health implications of this new wave of PCP use are assessed.

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Center for Community Health Research of the Hispanic Health Council, Hartford, CT 06106, USA. anthro8566@aol.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16275635

Citation

Singer, Merrill, et al. "When the Drug of Choice Is a Drug of Confusion: Embalming Fluid Use in Inner City Hartford, CT." Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, vol. 4, no. 2, 2005, pp. 73-96.
Singer M, Mirhej G, Shaw S, et al. When the drug of choice is a drug of confusion: embalming fluid use in inner city Hartford, CT. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2005;4(2):73-96.
Singer, M., Mirhej, G., Shaw, S., Saleheen, H., Vivian, J., Hastings, E., Rohena, L., Jennings, D., Navarro, J., Santelices, C., Wu, A. H., Smith, A., & Perez, A. (2005). When the drug of choice is a drug of confusion: embalming fluid use in inner city Hartford, CT. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 4(2), 73-96.
Singer M, et al. When the Drug of Choice Is a Drug of Confusion: Embalming Fluid Use in Inner City Hartford, CT. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2005;4(2):73-96. PubMed PMID: 16275635.
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TY - JOUR T1 - When the drug of choice is a drug of confusion: embalming fluid use in inner city Hartford, CT. AU - Singer,Merrill, AU - Mirhej,Greg, AU - Shaw,Susan, AU - Saleheen,Hassan, AU - Vivian,James, AU - Hastings,Erica, AU - Rohena,Lucy, AU - Jennings,DeShawn, AU - Navarro,Juhem, AU - Santelices,Claudia, AU - Wu,Alan H B, AU - Smith,Andrew, AU - Perez,Alberto, PY - 2005/11/9/pubmed PY - 2006/2/4/medline PY - 2005/11/9/entrez SP - 73 EP - 96 JF - Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse JO - J Ethn Subst Abuse VL - 4 IS - 2 N2 - This paper examines the use of a new illicit drug--embalming fluid mixtures--in Hartford, CT based on a recent assessment of drug consumption in an outreach-recruited sample of 242 not-in-treatment active drug users. Sociodemographic, drug use, and health and social problems of drug users who do and do not use embalming fluid mixture are presented, revealing some notable differences between these two groups of street drug users. Despite regular consumption, we report that embalming fluid mixture users are often uncertain about what is in this new drug, despite experiencing often powerful effects. Urine toxicology findings from a subsample of individuals who used embalming fluid mixtures in the last 48 hours, reveal the frequent presence of phencyclidine (PCP) as well as other drugs. The public health implications of this new wave of PCP use are assessed. SN - 1533-2640 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16275635/When_the_drug_of_choice_is_a_drug_of_confusion:_embalming_fluid_use_in_inner_city_Hartford_CT_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1300/J233v04n02_04 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -