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COKABUSEYR
Cocaine dependence or abuse (past year)

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Description

For sample persons ages 18-44, COKABUSEYR is a recoded variable that reports if the person was dependent upon or abused cocaine in the past 12 months. Persons who reported never using cocaine or last using cocaine over 12 months ago in previous questions were recorded as responding no.

This recoded variable uses responses from other questions about the person's prevalence of cocaine use in the past year to determine dependence or abuse. These questions include: using cocaine more often than planned in the last year, trying but being unable to cut down or stop using cocaine, using cocaine every day for 2 or more weeks, experiencing social consequences of cocaine use, reducing activities because of cocaine use, continuing to use cocaine despite problems from cocaine use, building a tolerance to cocaine, feeling sick because of stopping or cutting down on cocaine, and using drugs or alcohol because of feeling sick from stopping or cutting down on cocaine use.

Related Variables
All sample persons ages 18-44 were asked a series of general questions about cocaine use.

 

Variables related to the questions asked of all sample persons age 18-44 include:

  • COKXLIFE : number of times in life used cocaine
  • COKMOSYR : number of months used cocaine in the past 12 months
  • COKUSEAMT : how often used cocaine on average
  • COKUSNIFF : sniffed or snorted cocaine in the past 12 months
  • COKUSWAL : swallowed or drank cocaine in the past 12 months
  • COKUSINJ : injected cocaine into a vein or muscle with a needle past 12 months
  • COKUSMOK : smoked or freebased cocaine in the past 12 months
  • COKUSOTH : used cocaine in some other way in the past 12 months
  • CRAKLASTUSE : the most recent time used the form of cocaine known as "crack"

Persons who reported never using cocaine, not even once, did not complete the rest of the questions related to cocaine use. Persons who had used cocaine at least once in their lives were asked additional questions. Persons were asked if the following scenarios had happened in the past year. If persons reported using cocaine in the past 12 months, they were asked if the same scenarios, had happened in the past 12 months.

 

These persons were asked if they had ever:

  • Used cocaine more than she/he thought she/he would (COKMORPLANEV)
  • Tried to cut down or stop using cocaine but found that she/he couldn't (COKCANTCUTEV)
  • Used cocaine every day for two weeks or more (COKDALY2WKEV)
  • Been high on cocaine or feeling its aftereffects while at work or school (COKHIWKSCHLEV)
  • Been high on cocaine or feeling its aftereffects while at home, taking care of her/his home or family (COKHIFAMCAREV)
  • Skipped going to work or school because she/he was high on cocaine or feeling its aftereffects (COKSKIPWKSCHEV)
  • Had problems with work, school, or the police because of using cocaine (COKWORKPEV)
  • Continued to use cocaine even though she/he knew it was causing problems with work, school, or the police (COKWORKPEVUS)
  • Failed to take care of her/his home or family because she/he was high on cocaine or feeling its aftereffects (COKFAMFAILEV)
  • Had problems with family or friends because of using cocaine (COKFAMPEV)
  • Continued to use cocaine even though she/he knew it was causing problems with her/his family or friends (COKFAMPEVUS)
  • Driven a car or other vehicle within 1 hour after using cocaine (COKHICAREV)
  • Spent less time on activities that were important to him/her so that she/he could use cocaine (COKCUTACTEV)
  • Had health problems caused by using cocaine (COKHPROBEV)
  • Continued to use cocaine even though she/he knew it was causing health problems (COKHPROBEVUS)
  • Felt depressed or uninterested in things, or suspicious or distrustful of people because of using cocaine (COKDEPRESEV)
  • Continued to use cocaine even though she/he knew it made her/him feel depressed or uninterested in things, or suspicious or distrustful of people (COKDEPRESEVUS)
  • Built up a tolerance to cocaine so that the same amount had less effect than before (COKTOLEV)
  • Felt sick or irritable because she/he stopped or cut down on her/his cocaine use (COKCUTSICKEV)
  • Used alcohol or drugs because she/he felt sick when she/he stopped or cut down on cocaine use (COKALCSICKEV)
  • Gone to a self-help group, counselor, doctor, or other professional to get help because of cocaine use (COKGOHELPEV)

If persons reported using cocaine in the past 12 months, they were asked if the same scenarios had happened in the past 12 months. Variables about cocaine with names ending in EV (like those listed above) are scenarios asked only of persons who used cocaine at least once in their lives. Variables about cocaine with names ending in YR are only asked of respondents who used cocaine in the past 12 months.

Variables about cocaine with names ending in LP indicate lifetime prevalence variables and were only asked of persons who reported using cocaine ever in their life. Persons who reported never using cocaine are included among the no responses for lifetime prevalence variables rather than being treated as NIU as they are in the variables with names ending in EV.

Cocaine variables with names ending in YP are year prevalence questions. While technically year prevalence questions were only asked of persons who reported using cocaine in the past 12 months, respondents who reported never using cocaine or last using cocaine over 12 months ago are recorded as responding no instead of treated as NIU as they are in the cocaine variables with names ending in YR.

This variable is part of a series of questions on drug and alcohol use. Respondents filled this survey supplement out themselves because of the potentially personal nature of the questions included in the supplement. The interviewer was available to provide assistance if requested. The supplement includes detailed questions about cocaine, marijuana (MJABUSEYR), and general questions about use of hallucinogens, inhalants, heroin, painkillers, sedatives, stimulants, and tranquilizers.

Comparability

There are no comparability issues with this variable.

Universe

  • 1991: Sample adults age 18-44.

Availability

  • 1991

Weights

  • No weights are available for this variable. Please refer to COKABUSEYR for more information.