Drug use and barriers to use of health care services

Clyde B. McCoy, Lisa R. Metsch, Dale D. Chitwood, Christine Miles

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This paper examines barriers to health care utilization and the correlates associated with these barriers. As part of a larger study of health services utilization, the study sample of 1085 including injection drug users, other chronic users of heroin or cocaine, and a demographically similar group who had used neither heroin nor cocaine, was selected based on the criterion of not having received health care for at least one health problem within the previous 12 months. Both Categories of chronic drug users were more likely than non-users not to want health care treatment and to put off seeking needed health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-804
Number of pages16
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - 2001


  • Barriers
  • Drug use
  • Health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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