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Murphy, KD and Byrne, S and Sahm, LJ and Lambert, S and McCarthy, S (2014) Use of addiction treatment services by Irish youth: does place of residence matter? Rural and Remote Health , 14 , (2735) .

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INTRODUCTION:
Substance abuse treatment centres for Irish rural youth have largely been overlooked in the scientific literature. This study examined data from a substance abuse treatment centre that treats both urban and rural attendees to investigate if there are differences in usage patterns between attendee groups.

METHODS:
A cross-sectional study was done of 436 service-users attending a treatment centre: patient characteristics, treatment referral details and substance history of the attendees from urban and rural areas were compared. Descriptive analysis of the service-user population was performed and recent substance use was investigated. Inferential tests examined for differences between urban and rural service-users.

RESULTS:
The typical service-user was an Irish male aged between 16 and 17 years, who resided with his parents. A greater percentage of rural service-users were employed (33.3% vs 22.2%, <i>p</i>=0.015), while a significantly greater percentage of urban service-users were unemployed (10.3% vs 4.1%, <i>p</i>=0.015). A greater proportion of urban service-users had tried multiple substances in their lifetimes (73.7% vs 52.2%, <i>p</i>=0.001) and continued to use multiple substances regularly (49.3% vs 31.3%, <i>p</i>=0.003) compared with their rural counterparts.

CONCLUSIONS:
This is the first Irish study comparing service-users from urban and rural settings. Rural service-users developed more problematic alcohol use, while more urban service-users were referred for benzodiazepine use. Prevention strategies should acknowledge the differences and similarities in urban and rural young people.


Item Type:Article
Date:2014
Publisher:ARHEN
Volume:14
Number:2735
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Physical context or place
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Type of society and culture > Rural society
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Type of society and culture > Urban society
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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