Drug treatment experiences: Rural and urban comparisons

Lisa R. Metsch, Clyde B. McCoy

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This study sought to investigate treatment-seeking behaviors among drug users in rural populations and how they compare to their urban counterparts. Data for this analysis were drawn from the Miami and Immokalee sites of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Cooperative Agreement Program for AIDS outreach/intervention research study targeting high-risk out-of-treatment injection drug users and crack smokers. Findings indicate that Miami subjects were 2.57 times more likely to have been in drag treatment compared to their rural counterparts. This differential may be explained in terms of the availability, accessibility, and acceptability of health care services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-784
Number of pages22
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 1999


  • Chronic drug users
  • Drug-user treatment
  • Health care services
  • Migrant farmworkers
  • Rural substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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