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Drug Use Control Perception and Strategies in General and Clinical Population in a Spanish City

Version 1 : Received: 26 June 2021 / Approved: 29 June 2021 / Online: 29 June 2021 (13:23:18 CEST)

How to cite: Amigo, S.; Belaña, A. Drug Use Control Perception and Strategies in General and Clinical Population in a Spanish City. Preprints 2021, 2021060709 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0709.v1). Amigo, S.; Belaña, A. Drug Use Control Perception and Strategies in General and Clinical Population in a Spanish City. Preprints 2021, 2021060709 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0709.v1).

Abstract

Background: This article evaluates the perception of drug use control and strategies in Valencia City (Spain) in a general and clinical population, in two independent studies. Material and Methods: 1071 people participated. In the Study 1 (n= 924) the entire sample came from general population (GP), and in the Study 2 (n=147), 68 were drug users being treated in an Addictive Behaviors Unit (ABU), and 79 people of the GP. The drug use control perception and strategies in both subgroups were compared. The participants filled in the Drug Use Strategies Scale and a Drug Use Survey. Results: A high level of perception of drug control in GP was obtained (72,7% in the Study 1 and 67,5% in the Study 2), and 32.5% in ABU subgroup. People in the PG and drug users in treatment differ in some control strategies. A predictive profile of the perception of control was obtained for the Study 2. Conclusion: The high degree of perception of controlling drug use in the GP, and partially in drug users being treated, and the specific control strategies reported suggests that moderate use and drug control strategies are a great value alternative to bear in mind compared to abstinence.

Subject Areas

drugs; perception of controlling drug use; drug use control strategies; risk and harm reduction approach

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