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In Brief: The risk of cocaine addiction

In Brief

The risk of cocaine addiction

Cocaine is highly addictive, and the addiction develops quickly. But how often, how quickly, and who is most susceptible? A survey shows that the risk of early addiction is not as high as some may think, but women and African Americans are especially vulnerable.

These findings come from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse for 2000–2001. The participants indicated whether they had ever used cocaine, when they had first used the drug, and how often they had used it.

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