Journal article

Drug use among homeless young people in Los Angeles and Melbourne

Doreen Rosenthal, Shelley Mallett, Norweeta Milburn, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus

JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

PURPOSE: To examine the effect of time spent homeless on young people's substance use and use of drug and alcohol services in two countries with contrasting policy and service environments. METHODS: A crossnational survey was conducted of recently homeless and experienced homeless young people in Melbourne (N = 674) and Los Angeles (N = 620). Questions were asked about alcohol and drug use in the past 3 months, frequency of use, injecting drug use, drug dependency, and perceived need for, and use of, drug and alcohol services. Data were analyzed using logistic regression. RESULTS: Substantial numbers of young people reported use of alcohol and drugs. More Australians than Americans and more ..

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Awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


Awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Paul Myers, Judith Edwards, Andrea Witkin, and a team of interviewers for their contributions to this research. The research reported in this paper was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Grant number: MH61185.