Substance use and abuse among mentally retarded persons: A comparison of patients and a survey population

Joseph Westermeyer, Thithiya Phaobtong, John Neider

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Abstract

Substance abuse among mentally retarded persons, first described 55 years ago, has received little or no attention by specialists in mental retardation. With deinstitutionalization, this problem has reappeared, often followed by victimization (i.e., assault, rape, robbery). In this study the demographic characteristics, family and childhood history, substance use patterns, and substance-related problems of 40 mild mentally retarded persons are compared with those of 40 mild mentally retarded persons without substance abuse. Similarities with substance abusers who are not mentally retarded are noted. Recommendations for alleviating this serious problem among mentally retarded persons are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-123
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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