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SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas

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LEITE, Suelen Cardoso; OLIVEIRA, Michele Mandagará de  and  CRUZ, Vania Dias. Encounters with crack: beginning, length of use, daily quantity and form of use. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2015, vol.11, n.2, pp. 97-104. ISSN 1806-6976.

The aim of this study was to discover trajectories of use as well as consumption patterns among those who use crack. This is a descriptive-exploratory study with a qualitative approach, conducted with 14 individuals monitored by the Reduced Harm Strategy in the city of Pelotas/RS, using a semi-structured interview. The results indicate that the majority of users' first contact with illegal drugs was with marihuana and other forms of cocaine, before choosing crack as their drug of choice. Although crack use is compulsive, there are those who manage to control their use of substance.

Keywords : Drug Users; Crack Cocaine; Substance-Related Disorders.

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