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Recent decreases in cocaine use should be attributed to the lessening popularity of the drug among young people, rather than to a decrease in its use among established users, according to an article in a recent issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
Investigators from the National Development and Research Institutes in New York say that cocaine use, which peaked in 1979 and remained popular until 1986, was a drug fad, much like heroin injection during 1963-1973, and that younger generations of drug users are turning away from its use.
The authors base their conclusions on a study of Manhattan youths arrested between 1987 and 1993. As part of a program …