Author(s): Chaudhry HR, Arria A, Tarter R, Chaudhry S, Chaudhry N
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Abstract One-hundred and twenty-nine opiate addicts on a monthly maintenance regimen were studied. Subjects with a positive family history of opium use had an earlier age of onset than the subjects without a family history of opium use. Self-reported psychosocial problems resulting from opium use were documented in only seven subjects. Individuals who began opium use after 1979, when it became illegal to use the drug, had a significantly later age of onset than subjects who began before 1979, suggesting that negative legal sanctions can delay initiation of opium consumption.
This article was published in Br J Addict
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy