Year: 2003 Source: Drug and Alcohol Review, v.22, no.1, (March 2003), p.15-20 SIEC No: 20041248

The authors studied patterns & correlates of alcohol & drug use among incarcerated adolescents in new South Wales, Australia. Structured interviews obtained the following information: 1) demographic characteristics; 2) general health, depression, suicidal behavior, legal history, family history of violence & substance use; 3) drug & alcohol history, treatment need & help-seeking; & 4) HIV risk behavior. High levels of negative health & psychosocial consequences of substance use included overdose, depression, & suicidal behaviors. Further findings are discussed. (24 refs)