"World traveler" addicts in Asia: I. Demographic and clinical description

Laurence J. Berger, Joseph J Westermeyer

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Fifty-six addicted "world travelers" were studied at a treatment facility for opium addicts in Laos. They were primarily in their twenties (80% male (80% and single (70% Most had begun narcotic use away from their own country during their travels. A majority were traveling alone, currently living alone, and using narcotic drugs alone. Their addiction at the time of seeking treatment was well established: narcotic drugs comprised their main daily expenditure, they had numerous problems associated with narcotic use, and high doses of methadone were necessary for detoxification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-493
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977


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