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The Connection Between Crack Use and Depression

A new study learns that women in drug court who are experiencing major depression are more likely to use crack within four months than other women in the program. The research study suggests that addressing depression could reduce the number of women who fail to conquer their addiction to crack in the drug court program. “We found that current major depression increased the risk of crack use, but depression in the past year that had gotten better did not,” said Jennifer Johnson, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and lead author of the study. “This suggests that if the depression remits, the risk of crack use goes down. Screening for depression and effective depression treatment may be important components of drug court services.”

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