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Decline in adolescent treatment admissions for methamphetamine use in Cape Town

Andreas Pluddemann, Siphokazi Dada, Charles Parry

Abstract


Background and objectives. The purpose of this report is to describe the changing trends in adolescent treatment admissions for methamphetamine in Cape Town, and to discuss possible implications.

Method. Data were collected on admissions for drug abuse treatment through a regular monitoring system involving drug treatment centres and programmes in Cape Town, every 6 months as part of the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU). A one-page form was completed by treatment centre personnel for each patient to collect demographic and substance abuse data.

Results. The results indicate that between 2004 and 2006, a significant increase in the proportion of adolescent treatment admissions for methamphetamine abuse occurred, while a significant decrease occurred between 2006 and 2011.

Conclusions. The initial increase in adolescent treatment admissions for methamphetamine abuse from 2004 to 2006, and subsequent decrease between 2006 and 2011, may suggest a change in methamphetamine abuse patterns among adolescents in Cape Town.


Authors' affiliations

Andreas Pluddemann, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

Siphokazi Dada, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

Charles Parry, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Psychiatry, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Keywords

methamphetamine; addiction; adolescents

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2013;103(7):478-480. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.6529

Article History

Date submitted: 2012-11-20
Date published: 2013-04-19

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